Assessing the anxiety level of Iranian general population during COVID-19 outbreak

Asian J Psychiatr. 2020 Jun;51:102076. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2020.102076. Epub 2020 Apr 18.

Abstract

This study is aimed to assess the anxiety level of Iranian general population during COVID-19 outbreak. The online questionnaire surveyed 10,754 individuals from the general population of 31 provinces of Iran who completed the questionnaire on social networks from March 1 to March 9, 2020. The inferential statistics suggests that the level of anxiety was higher among women (95 % CI [0.1, 81.36], p < 0.001), people who more followed corona-related news (p < 0.001) and the age group of 21-40 years (p < 0.001). Ultimately, the level of anxiety was significantly higher among people who had at least one family member, relative, or friend who contracted COVID-19 disease (95 % CI [1.2, 35.03], p < 0.001). The health care system should adopt a package of psychosocial interventions to reduce the anxiety of high risk groups.

Keywords: Anxiety; COVID19; Communicable disease; Psychosocial.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / epidemiology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iran
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • Social Media
  • Young Adult