Study shows treating patients with COVID-19 is taking a toll on health care workers' mental health

3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, March 25 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:39:33 PM CDT March 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
By: Hope Beitchman, KOMU 8 Producer

A new study from China suggests that taking care of COVID-19 patients is taking a toll on the mental health of Chinese health care workers.

Researchers surveyed over 1,200 Chinese health care workers from 34 hospitals who had treated patients that tested positive for COVID-19. 

Nearly half of the health care workers reported symptoms of depression, and 45% experienced anxiety. Additionally, 25 of the health care workers tested said they were suffering from mental distress. 

The scientists say interventions promoting mental well-being in health care workers exposed to the virus need to be implemented immediately. 

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