International Journal of Advance Research in Medical Surgical Nursing
2021, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A
Physical and mental health and its associated factors among health workers: Impact of COVID-19
Christy Savitha A and Dr. G Bhuvaneswari
In January 2020, a previously unknown new virus was identified, subsequently named the 2019 novel corona virus was named corona virus disease 2019 [COVID-19] by [WHO February 2020] the virus is named as SARS-CoV-2 and also the associated disease is covid-19. COVID 19 transmission can be prevented by taking some simple precaution. Regularly and thoroughly cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand rub or was them with soap and water kills viruses that may be in the hand. But it is necessary to wash hand more than 20-30 seconds. The present aim of the study was to assess the impact of covid-19 on physical and mental health and its associated factors among health workers at SMCH. A quantitative approach with descriptive research design was adopted for the present study. 200 health care workers were selected by using purposive sampling technique. A self –structured method questionnaire was used to collect the demographic data and existing level of knowledge to assess the physical health. A self-rating scale was used to assess the anxiety, stress, depression and sleep scale. Among 200 health care workers, 177(88.5%) had severe symptoms impact and 23(11.5%) had moderate impact of symptoms. Most of the health care workers, 92(46%) had mild impact of anxiety, 116(58%) had moderate impact of stress and 109(54.5%) had moderate impact on sleep. From these findings it is recommended that a focus on improving mental wellbeing of health workers should be immediately initiated with attention to reduction of stigma, ensuring an adequate support system such as personal protective equipment’s, and family support for those with history of mental health problems.