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J Family Med Prim Care ; 9(12): 5921-5926, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1022101


BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2020 declared outbreak of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, an international public health emergency. It was stated that there was high COVID-19 spread risk to various other countries across world. According to WHO in March 2020, COVID-19 was characterized as pandemic. However, this sudden crisis is generating great deal of stress, anxiety, and depression throughout the world. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the psychological impact and various associated factors during the developing COVID-19 situation among both the healthcare and non-healthcare working professionals in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an observation-based cross-sectional study conducted during the lockdown period and following the lifting of the lockdown for a total of 3 months duration. A structured questionnaire was send via the (email) electronic mail system to a target population of 350 people. Out of which 300 responded. The questionnaire was comprised of study variables: (a) Gender; (b) age-group range which was categorized into- (i) Between 30 snf 50 years and (ii) More than 50 years; (c) Presence of any comorbid medical condition; psychological symptoms of- (d) insomnia; (e) anxiety; and (f) depression. Statistical analysis was performed using the Chi-square test for determining significance. RESULTS: Mean ± SD values for age were found to be 35.54 ± 6.09; 33.84 ± 7.87; 32.16 ± 5.89 and 55.76 ± 8.98 for physicians, nurses, technical staff, and non-healthcare professionals while the percentages of male study participants was found to be 37.2%, 15%, 57%, and 65% and female study participants was 62.8%, 85%, 43%, and 35% for the physicians, nursing staff, technicians, and non-healthcare professionals. Depression, insomnia, and anxiety between healthcare and non-healthcare professional workers, demonstrated significant P values of 0.05, 0.03, and 0.02, respectively. CONCLUSION: The present study has shown a significant psychological impact arising from this crisis.

J Cancer Res Ther ; 16(3): 638-640, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-689099


Covid19 has become a major public health problem in India and the rest of the world. The dramatic rise in the incidence of COVID 19 cases has severely challenged our healthcare system and forced us to work with limited infrastructure, resources, and workforce. However, even in this time of adversity, we as oncologists cannot neglect the seriousness of cancer care and the utmost attention it requires for the timely management of our patients. Hence, the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India has come up with an advisory for radiation therapy keeping in mind such aspects.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Neoplasms/radiotherapy , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Radiation Oncologists , COVID-19 , Humans , India , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2