High Work-Related Stress and Anxiety as a Response to COVID-19 Among Health Care Workers in South Korea: Cross-Sectional Online Survey Study   [open pdf - 303KB]

From the Introduction: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is a highly contagious respiratory disease first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China [...]. In Korea, the first patient was diagnosed on January 20, 2020, and the number of infections increased rapidly, exceeding 5000 infections within 6 weeks as people who participated in religious events were infected [...]. The Korean government raised the country's infectious disease alert level to the highest level on February 23, 2020 [...], set up and operated 638 screening clinics to quickly examine individuals with fever or respiratory symptoms, expanded specialized infectious disease hospitals nationwide to treat patients with severe symptoms, and allocated 10,000 beds for the treatment of patients with mild symptoms. People were obligated to follow strong social distancing measures, such as voluntarily refraining from going out and restricting movement set by the Korean government for at least 2 weeks. Two months after the government raised the alert to the highest level, the average daily number of new infections gradually decreased and remained under 20 from April 18, 2020, until July 2021, when the number of confirmed infections increased again, exceeding 1000 per day. As of July 9, 2021, Korea reported a total of 165,344 individuals with confirmed infections, of whom 15,462 were quarantined (152,498 completed quarantine; 10,810 quarantined) and 2036 were deceased[.]"

2021 Myung Hee Ahn, Yong-Wook Shin, Sooyeon Suh, Jeong Hye Kim, Hwa Jung Kim, Kyoung-Uk Lee, Seockhoon Chung. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/].
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JMIR Public Health Surveillance (October, 22, 2021), v.7 issue 10
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