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Prevalence of Stress in Healthcare Professional During COVID-19 Pandemic in Northeast México: A Remote Fast Survey Evaluation, the Use of an Adapted COVID-19 Stress Scale

Version 1 : Received: 24 September 2020 / Approved: 26 September 2020 / Online: 26 September 2020 (08:07:00 CEST)

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Delgado-Gallegos, J.L.; Montemayor-Garza, R.J.; Padilla-Rivas, G.R.; Franco-Villareal, H.; Islas, J.F. Prevalence of Stress in Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Northeast Mexico: A Remote, Fast Survey Evaluation, Using an Adapted COVID-19 Stress Scales. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7624. Delgado-Gallegos, J.L.; Montemayor-Garza, R.J.; Padilla-Rivas, G.R.; Franco-Villareal, H.; Islas, J.F. Prevalence of Stress in Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Northeast Mexico: A Remote, Fast Survey Evaluation, Using an Adapted COVID-19 Stress Scales. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7624.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7624
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17207624

Abstract

The world is currently, subjected to the worst health crisis documented in modern history; an epidemic led by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). At the epicenter of this crisis, healthcare professionals continue working to safeguard our well-being. To the regular high levels of stress, COVID new heights even more to healthcare professionals so depending on the area, specialty, and type of work. Here we investigated what are the tendencies, or areas most affected. Through an adaptation of the original COVID-stress scale, we developed a remote, fast test designed for healthcare professionals of the Northeastern part of Mexico, an important part of the country with economic and cultural ties to the US. Our results showed 4 key correlations as highly dependent: Work area – Xenophobia (p < 0.045), Work with COVID patients - Traumatic stress (p < 0.001) and Total number of COVID patients per day – Traumatic stress (p < 0.027), and Total number of COVID patients - Compulsive checking and reassurance. Overall concluding that normal levels of stress have increased (mild – moderate). Additionally, we further determine that the fear of being an asymptomatic patient (potential to spread without knowing) continues being a concern.

Subject Areas

COVID-19 Mexico; stress in healthcare professionals; COVID-19 stress scale

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