The Impact of Stress on Health in Childhood and Adolescence in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Horm Res Paediatr. 2023;96(1):83-87. doi: 10.1159/000517460. Epub 2021 Jul 14.


Background: The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is posing many challenges to global health. Efforts from the whole scientific community have shed light on the pathogenetic mechanisms and the clinical features of SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as on potential therapeutic strategies.

Summary: The consequences of stress related to social isolation and anxiety generated by the pandemic on mental and physical health are collateral effects that are yet poorly investigated.

Keywords: Adolescence; Childhood; Coronavirus disease 2019; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; Stress.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • COVID-19*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2