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Study looks into quarantine's effect on mental health

Amman, Mar. 26 (Petra) -- A team from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jordan, headed by Dr. Islam Massad, researched the effect of quarantine on mental health.

The study showed that 75% of Jordanians feel uncomfortable or anxious as a result of quarantine, however, only 10% feel extreme uneasiness or anxiety about the future.

The percentages are considered reassuring as citizens believe in the importance of this measure to preserve their lives. Furthermore, Most respondents had a positive outlook for the end of the crisis.

Additionally, 50% of respondents said they became more anxious and tense during the quarantine, but that this did not affect their ability to make decisions or assess changes in life.

The study sampled 5,274 people representing a broad spectrum of the Jordanian people from various governorates and age groups.

On groups most effected by the quarantine, the study revealed that females were generally more susceptible to stress and fatigue compared to males, and that those with higher incomes were suffering more anxiety, stress or fatigue than those with lower incomes.

The study also concluded that unemployed individuals, students, housewives, smokers, and asthma patients are more likely to be anxious, stressed or uncomfortable due to the quarantine.

Researchers pointed out that social cohesion plays a key role in alleviating anxiety, tension and stress during the crisis.

As 97.5% of Jordanians live with one or more individuals, they are likely to be able to talk to someone about their fears or anxiety.

//Petra// AJ
26/03/2020 14:53:22