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Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call for Action



G. Kalcev1, *, A. Preti2, G. Orrù3, M.G. Carta2
1 Department of Innovation Sciences and Technologies, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
2 Department of Public Health, Clinical and Molecular Medicine, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
3 Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy


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Abstract

The current COVID-19 pandemic is likely to affect the physical and mental health and the well-being of people globally. The physicians and nurses on the frontline of patients care will be among the most affected in their psychosocial well-being, being exposed to trauma consequences and burnout syndrome. It is still unknown whether the COVID-19 infection will have direct neuropsychiatric consequences. The impact of the quarantine lockdown on mental health, too, has to be taken into account. The inclusion of mental health as part of national public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic is mandatory in assisting all those in need.

Keywords: COVID-19, Mental, Health, Quarantine, Stigma, Recommendations.