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The Psychological Impact of Confinement Linked to the Coronavirus Epidemic COVID-19 in Algeria

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Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Khemis-Miliana University, Khemis-Miliana 44225, Algeria
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Department of Geography, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3604; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103604
Received: 24 April 2020 / Revised: 12 May 2020 / Accepted: 19 May 2020 / Published: 21 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Outbreak of a Novel Coronavirus: A Global Health Threat)
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in countries around the world. The impact of this virus is very great on populations following the application of total and partial containment measures. Our study aims to study the psychological impact of total and partial containment applied in Algeria, on 23 March 2020, following the spread of the virus COVID-19 and also studied the habits and behaviors of the Algerian population during this new way of life and this through a cross-sectional survey launched after three days from the start of confinement to quickly assess the impacts over the period from 23 March to 12 April 2020, by an online questionnaire which allowed us to obtain 678 responses from Internet users, who live in confinement in Algeria. According to the gender variable, our sample includes 405 men, or 59.7%, and 273 women, representing 40.3%. The results of the statistical analysis carried out using SPSS version 22.0 software showed that 50.3% of the respondents were in an anxious situation during these first three weeks of confinement. In addition, 48.2% feels stressed, 46.6% of the respondents confirmed to be feeling in a bad mood, and 47.4% do not stop thinking throughout the day about this epidemic and how to protect themselves. In addition, the study shows that 87.9% of the respondents in Algeria found it difficult to follow the confinement instructions. A significant change in the habits of the population was noted especially for the time of going to bed, the time of waking up, and the use of the Internet as well as the hours devoted to daily reading. View Full-Text
Keywords: epidemic; psychological impact; coronavirus; stress; anxiety; covid-19; Algeria epidemic; psychological impact; coronavirus; stress; anxiety; covid-19; Algeria
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Madani, A.; Boutebal, S.E.; Bryant, C.R. The Psychological Impact of Confinement Linked to the Coronavirus Epidemic COVID-19 in Algeria. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3604.

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