A Study on the Psychological Crisis During the Lockdown Caused due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Publication Date: 21/04/2020
Author(s): Sujata Saha, Dr. Tinni Dutta.
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 2 (2020)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the defining global health crisis of the current time and the greatest challenge that we have faced since World War II. Countries are racing to slow the spread of the virus by testing and treating patients, carrying out contact tracing, limiting travel, quarantining citizens, and cancelling large gatherings such as sporting events, concerts, and schools. The World Health Organization, which has officially declared the outbreak a pandemic, has called on "all countries to continue efforts that have been effective in limiting the number of cases and slowing the spread of the virus." However, the rest of the country remains under lockdown. Everyone else is only allowed to leave to purchase food or medication, visit the sick and go to the hospital. So, understanding the uncertain lockdown period, the present study focused on the psychological crisis among different categories of people during this vulnerable time of the community transmission of the virus. Twelve participants from different life roles were selected and were assessed on some negative and positive domains undergoing this worldwide phenomenon. A qualitative analysis was done to interpret the content of the information received from the participants. The study clearly indicated that apart from the life uncertainties psychological distress and economic worries that prevail genuinely but there are also some optimistic thought about the lockdown that can save our lives , rebuild trust and cooperation, within and among nations, between people and their governments and considered as a best practice in this crisis that might reduce threat among the participants during this lockdown period.