Covid Restrictions: Mental health of people impaired due to lockdown, social distance and strict restrictions, claims study


Various types of Covid restrictions were imposed in many countries to prevent the corona virus. Lockdown was implemented in India too. But a recent study has found that in countries where strict restrictions were not imposed to deal with corona, people in those countries had better mental health. The report of this study has been published in 'The Lancet Public Health' magazine. The study, conducted by a team led by researchers from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is based on data from two surveys from 15 countries between April 2020 and June 2021. According to the Lancet study, countries are divided into two categories. The first category belongs to those countries, which tried to eliminate this global pandemic Corona. In the second category, those countries were kept, whose purpose was to prevent the spread of infection inside their country.


Countries in two categories based on Corona restrictions
Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea are named in the list of countries included in the first category. These countries tried to end the global pandemic.
Countries in the second category that tried to stop the spread of infection include Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain.


Impact on mental health based on restrictions
By category, it was seen that countries trying to end the global pandemic took quick and targeted action. These countries imposed international travel restrictions, to prevent the spread of infection. In such a situation, the number of deaths due to infection also decreased here and the negative impact on the mental health of the people of these countries was also found to decrease. On the other hand, there was a easing of travel restrictions in the second category countries such as Canada, Britain and France, etc., trying to prevent infection in the country. These countries insisted on maintaining social distance. Banned the wedding ceremony and insisted on implementing the order to keep people locked at home. Such restrictions limited social relations in these countries, which also affected the mental state of the people.