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12:00 AM, August 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 23, 2020

COVID-19: the biggest psychological experiment on urban population

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected us physically but also mentally, especially the urban population. Although there is a broad consensus among academicians about psychological care following disasters and major incidents, still people are going through countless psychological issues in adjusting to the current lifestyle and fear of the disease.

Since the end of March 2020, an outstanding situation declared by the government created mental health concerns like anxiety, worries and insomnia slowly and silently. Although the World Health Organisation has urged to take necessary precautions to tackle the negative impact of the spread of COVID-19 on psychological health and well-being – it was not easy for the healthcare professionals to concentrate on this pulsating issue as the key focus has mostly been on testing, finding a cure and preventing transmission of COVID-19.

As the disease progressed, concerns regarding health, economy and livelihood increased. Working under such a stressful atmosphere not only creates panic and causes headaches, but can also lead to vertigo, hypertension, weakened immune system, depression and ultimately agitation.

The uncertainty of COVID-19 has caused a lot of insecurity in the lives of the public. This is probably the worlds' biggest psychological experiment after the 1918 pandemic. Hopefully, more research will be able to help and inform the health professionals and public to provide mental health interventions to those who are in need.

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