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Psychological Impacts and Attitudes of the Syrian Population Regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic and Face Masks during the First Syrian Lockdown | Abstract
Journal of Clinical Trials

Journal of Clinical Trials
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ISSN: 2167-0870

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Abstract

Psychological Impacts and Attitudes of the Syrian Population Regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic and Face Masks during the First Syrian Lockdown

Batoul Bakkar, Fatema Mohsen*, Judy Kikhia, Dana Mchantaf, Samar Aldakkak, Alma Najjar, Marah Marrawi, Youssef Latifeh

Background: This study assesses the attitudes and psychological impacts regarding COVID-19 and face masks among the Syrian population during the current pandemic and war. Methods: A web-based cross-sectional Arabic survey design was employed. The survey was distributed in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and civil war in Syria. The survey contained items relating to socio-demographic characteristics and items assessing attitudes regarding COVID-19, and face masks. The chi-square test was applied to the questions against socio-demographic variables. Results: Of the 4148 participants, 3053(73.6%) were female, and 3238(78.1%) were single. 423(10.2%) and 1573(37.9%) stated they had poor and moderate economic status respectively. Home quarantine has led to an increase in family problems 3016(72.7%) and has had a negative psychological impact upon 1666(40.2%) Syrians. 538(13.0%) are shy about wearing face masks in public. Conclusion: Mountainous input from the Syrian government is needed to combat the threat of COVID-19 through targeted awareness campaigns and national helplines aimed at specific socio-demographic variables.

Published Date: 2021-10-15;