An online survey of factors associated with self-perceived stress during the initial stage of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal

Abstract

Background: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is global challenge humankind has ever witnessed in recent times. After its outbreak in late December in Wuhan China, it has expanded to affect the entire world. In as much as it is a new disease, there is dearth of evidence. Aim: The aim of this study is to find and assess the factors associated with self-perceived stress during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal. Method: We evaluated 374 respondents from an online survey, using the Sheldon Cohen Perceived Stress Scale, to assess stress levels during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal. Results: Nearly three-quarters of the respondents rated their self-perceived stress as moderate to high, and about one quarter reported to have low self-perceived stress. Age and employment status were associated with a greater psychological impact of the outbreak. Conclusions: There is a need to carry out psychological intervention activities through various mediums to help people become more resilient during the COVID-19 epidemic. [Ethiop. J. Health Dev. 2020; 34(2):00-00] Keywords: COVID-19, psychological response, stress, Nepal
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