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Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome Still Causing People To Struggle

Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome is still causing many individuals to struggle with reintegration into normal life, according to a recent survey conducted by Kingston University in partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU).

The government announced intentions to eliminate most Covid-19 limitations on July 19th, according to a recent UK-wide study of 975 individuals conducted in late June.

The team’s previous research included a survey of 286 UK-based participants performed during lockdown in February, which revealed that a fifth of those polled had the condition. According to the most recent studies, even as limits have been lifted, worry has persisted.

Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome is a pandemic-related syndrome characterised by coping behaviours such as danger awareness, concern, avoidance, and frequent checking that can put individuals in a constant state of anxiety and dread of getting the virus.

The following are some of the significant findings:

  • On the Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome scale, one out of every five persons received a high score.
  • Because of their concern of catching the virus, 40% strongly indicated avoiding touching items in public places.
  • Thirty percent said they avoided taking public transportation because they were afraid of getting the illness.
  • Because they are afraid of getting the virus, 23% of people said they avoid going out in public areas.
  • 25% said they were paying close attention to individuals who appeared to be showing symptoms of the infection.
  • Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome was shown to be more prevalent in people who had lost a family member to the virus. There was no discernible link between age, gender, or vaccination status.

In April 2020, Ana Nikcevic, a professor of psychology at Kingston University’s Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, and Professor Marcantonio Spada of LSBU’s Centre for Addictive Behaviours coined the term “Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome.”

According to their findings, some people were acquiring a certain set of behaviours as a result of their dread of the virus. Professor Ian Albery of LSBU’s Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research collaborated with them on the newest study.

Professor Nikcevic stated that despite the reopening of UK society, a large proportion of people are still suffering from features of Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome.

“Our research suggests that a significant minority continues to be avoidant and highly focused on the threat of infection, which will make a return to normal daily living difficult. They will need to be supported to return to normality,” she stated

Professor Spada noted that the data suggests that many people are still coping with components of the condition one month after society reopened, a comparable amount to the previous poll performed under complete lockdown.

“This means that there are still many people who find it difficult to disengage from the Covid-19 threats which may make a return to normal daily living harder as restrictions ease,” he added.

“Our new findings show how vital it is that people affected by Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome receive support. Mapping out how we will do this will become a priority for mental health service providers.”

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