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The study will disclose the emotional state of the general population.
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Published Monday, October 12, 2020

Begins study on the impact of
the pandemic on mental health

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Health begins an investigation on the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on mental health of the population.

According to the ministry, professionals from the institution, in joint work with specialists from Social Security and three public higher education institutions ( Costa Rica University, Nacional University and Distance University ) will develop a series of investigations on the effect of the pandemic on mental health of the people, especially focused on health workers and the elderly.

The study will disclose the emotional state of the general population, including health workers and the elderly, the authorities said.

Assessing well-being is a process that evaluates anxiety, stress and depression that can affect people due to concerns about the pandemic. The mandatory orders of isolation caused by the quarantine and limiting the freedom of movement are factors impacting mental health. Even after the mandatory sanitary measures to contain the advancement of covid-19, an increase in deaths related to the virus continues.

The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday the following statistics:

1,386 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 33,694 active cases.

14,982 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 87,439 cases since March, approximately 17% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients.

• 547 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 195 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old baby to an 89-year-old person). And 352 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 52,669 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 60.2% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 154,306 people have been ruled out.

• 257,549 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

1,076 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.2% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 401 women and 675 men. The ages range from 18 to a 100-year-old person.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

As of Sunday night, the pandemic has  killed  1,075,942 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

What have you heard of people suffering from depression because of the pandemic? 
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