Next Article in Journal
Health and Habitability in the Solar Decathlon University Competitions: Statistical Quantification and Real Influence on Comfort Conditions
Next Article in Special Issue
National Disaster Management System: COVID-19 Case in Korea
Previous Article in Journal
Factors Associated with Participation in Physical Activity Among Canadian School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Previous Article in Special Issue
Big Data Analysis of Media Reports Related to COVID-19
Open AccessArticle

The Contagion of Sentiments during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis: The Case of Isolation in Spain

1
Department of Economic and Business Administration, University of Malaga, 29071 Málaga, Spain
2
Department of Languages and Computer Sciences. Biomedical Research Institute (IBIMA), Applied Social Research Centre (CISA), University of Malaga, 29071 Málaga, Spain
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5918; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165918
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 10 August 2020 / Accepted: 12 August 2020 / Published: 14 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Global Threat: Information or Panic)
This study examines how confinement measures established during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis affected the emotions of the population. For this purpose, public sentiment on social media and digital ecosystems in Spain is analyzed. We identified affective tones towards media and citizens published on social media focusing on six basic emotions: anger, fear, joy, sadness, disgust and uncertainty. The main contribution of this work is the evidence of contagious sentiments and, consequently, the possibility of using this new dimension of social media as a form of a “collective therapy”. This paper contributes to understanding the impact of confinement measures in a pandemic from the point of view of emotional health. This analysis provides a set of practical implications that can guide conceptual and empirical work in health crisis management with an alternative approach, especially useful for decision-making processes facing emergency responses and health crises, even in an unprecedented global health crisis such as the traumatic events caused by the COVID-19 disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: sentiment analysis; health crisis; isolation; confinement; emergency response; contagion of emotions; COVID-19 sentiment analysis; health crisis; isolation; confinement; emergency response; contagion of emotions; COVID-19
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Iglesias-Sánchez, P.P.; Vaccaro Witt, G.F.; Cabrera, F.E.; Jambrino-Maldonado, C. The Contagion of Sentiments during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis: The Case of Isolation in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5918.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop