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People’s Life and Psychological Change after Quarantining Wuhan: Influence of the Epidemic of Covid-19

Version 1 : Received: 14 October 2020 / Approved: 15 October 2020 / Online: 15 October 2020 (16:21:47 CEST)

How to cite: Zhang, L.; Chen, Q.; Yu, Y.; Yao, H.; Zhu, S.; Tan, X. People’s Life and Psychological Change after Quarantining Wuhan: Influence of the Epidemic of Covid-19. Preprints 2020, 2020100332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0332.v1). Zhang, L.; Chen, Q.; Yu, Y.; Yao, H.; Zhu, S.; Tan, X. People’s Life and Psychological Change after Quarantining Wuhan: Influence of the Epidemic of Covid-19. Preprints 2020, 2020100332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0332.v1).

Abstract

The epidemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) has brought many changes to people's life. This study aims to analysis Chinese people's psychological change and life after quarantining Wuhan and explore the influencing factors. Based on data from a web-survey after quarantining Wuhan (N=3268), the principal-component-analysis (PCA), multiple-linear-regression (MLR), propensity-score-matching (PSM) were used to explore the psychological change of people in China and the influencing factors. 83.3% of the respondents said that the impact of the epidemic on their life had increased after quarantining Wuhan. A considerable proportion of people's anxiety increased, being reflected in negative emotion, behavioral response and physiological response. The proportion of people who said their anxiety had increased in Wuhan was higher than that in other regions (p <0.05). The anxiety of people who were in medical isolation increased less than those who were not (p <0.05). All three aspects of people’s anxiety were positively related with time of medical isolation and degree of the attention on the epidemic (p<0.05) except the effect of attention degree on the physiological response (p=0.06). The measure of medical isolation at home should be advocated. Yet people should reduce the concern for the epidemic while paying attention to self-protection.

Subject Areas

anxiety; psychological health; public health; COVID-19

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