The world is on edge. The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has swept across the globe, causing communities to take drastic measures to protect themselves. Every day people are stocking up on their household necessities as they continue to social distance themselves. Others are worrying about their jobs, and whether or not they will retain an income. Students are learning from home, a place that has become a refuge and a trap. Fear of catching the coronavirus is real and present, and therefore intruding every part of our lives. Yet, what about the people on the front lines, fighting every day to save the lives of those infected? How are they doing? A very recent study funded by the Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou, China surveyed these medical workers on their mental health.
Wuhan, Hubei, China was the first region to experience COVID-19 in December 2019. As the virus spread at a rapid rate, various Chinese researchers came together to study the mental health effects this now pandemic was having on medical professionals. This study is still conducting research as China is slowly beginning to recover from the outbreak and other nations have begun bracing for impact. From February 9-15 online questionnaires were completed in China via social networking software by 5,393 respondents. The survey assessed symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia in medical workers only. The survey also questioned the individuals’ level of social support.