Stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic (search done in May 2020)

Added August 30, 2020

Citation: Salari N, Hosseinian-Far A, Jalali R et al. Prevalence of stress, anxiety, depression among the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Globalization and Health. 2020;16:57.

What is this? Some people may experience stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for observational studies on the prevalence of stress, anxiety and depression among the general population. They did not restrict their searches by date of publication and did the search in May 2020. They included 17 cross-sectional studies from China (8 studies), India (1), Iran (1), Iraq (1), Italy (1),Japan (1), Nepal (1), Nigeria (1), Spain (1) and UK (1).

What was found: At the time of this review, the meta-analysis of included studies showed that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of stress in the general population was approximately 30%, anxiety was 32% and depression was 34%.

 

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