- Eye Opening
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the globe, putting much of the world’s population in quarantine. Whether told to self-isolate, shelter in place, or stay within a hundred meters of home, this is an unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation for most. Smaller groups of people have been in similar circumstances over the past 20 years, and people can learn from the studies of how they fared while they were in quarantine and after they emerged. These studies are invaluable if people want to know what their next few months will likely look like.
About the Authors
Samantha K. Brooks, Rebecca K. Webster, Louise E. Smith, Lisa Woodland, Simon Wessely, Neil Greenberg and Gideon James Rubin are in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London, where they work on the impact of disasters on distress and psychological health disorders, and how people perceive potential health risks.