Special Issue "Direct and Indirect Effects of the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical and Mental Health"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Coronaviruses (CoV) and COVID-19 Pandemic".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roberta Ferrucci
Guest Editor
Department of Health Science, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
Interests: Neuropsychology; Psychology; Clinical Psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2020, a year defined by the emergence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, national healthcare systems were seriously challenged. The short-term, health-related consequences of the pandemic include increased mortality, physical and mental health issues, reduced access to medical care, challenges to hospital capacity and practices, and a need for new and radical practices for preventing the spread of the disease. However, increasing concern has been raised about the long-term health consequences. Reduced access to healthcare services could impact the progression of chronic diseases; prolonged national lockdowns could increase the incidence of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, and stress) and other health-related issues (such as obesity and sexuality); social isolation could increase the rate of cognitive decline in the elderly, as well as impairing the development of social skills in the young. The pandemic has also had significant socioeconomic consequences (such as a significant downturn in the global economy, job losses, business failures, etc.); these could, in turn, constitute significant risk factors for physical and mental health problems in both the short and long term.

This Special Issue, titled “Direct and Indirect Effects of the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical and Mental Health”, will feature original research, reviews, short reports, and/or opinion pieces focused on 1) the direct and indirect effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on physical and mental health (in both special clinical populations and the general population); 2) the impact of the pandemic on the accessibility and practices of healthcare services, with a focus on proposals for the implementation of new practices (such as telemedicine, telepsychotherapy, etc.); 3) the assessment and discussion of long-term outcomes in terms of health, healthcare, and broader socioeconomic consequences; 4) the effects of the pandemic on at-risk populations (such as older people, minorities, people with disabilities, and health workers).

Dr. Roberta Ferrucci
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • COVID-19
  • Cognition
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Telemedicine
  • Anxiety
  • Neurophysiology
  • Quality of Life

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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