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      The outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global mental health

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          Abstract

          Background:

          The current outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection among humans in Wuhan (China) and its spreading around the globe is heavily impacting on the global health and mental health. Despite all resources employed to counteract the spreading of the virus, additional global strategies are needed to handle the related mental health issues.

          Methods:

          Published articles concerning mental health related to the COVID-19 outbreak and other previous global infections have been considered and reviewed.

          Comments:

          This outbreak is leading to additional health problems such as stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, insomnia, denial, anger and fear globally. Collective concerns influence daily behaviors, economy, prevention strategies and decision-making from policy makers, health organizations and medical centers, which can weaken strategies of COVID-19 control and lead to more morbidity and mental health needs at global level.

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          Journal
          International Journal of Social Psychiatry
          Int J Soc Psychiatry
          SAGE Publications
          0020-7640
          1741-2854
          March 31 2020
          : 002076402091521
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Department of Psychiatry, School of Medical Sciences, National University of Asunción, Asunción, Paraguay
          [2 ]Department of Neuroscience, Medical School, Fundação do ABC, Santo André, Brazil
          [3 ]Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
          [4 ]Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
          Article
          10.1177/0020764020915212
          32233719
          840bef88-f9fc-42d2-8531-a7b76f65e473
          © 2020

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