COVID-19 Lockdown Worries About the Virus and Finances

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Tiffany Field Samantha Poling Shantay Mines Debra Bendell Connie Veazey

Abstract

Worries about getting the virus and worrying about finances have been associated with negative mood states including anxiety and depression during COVID-19 lockdowns.  In this Survey Monkey study conducted during a COVID-19 lockdown (N= 260 respondents), 88% reported worrying about getting the virus and 72% worrying about their finances. Correlation analyses suggested that worries about the virus and about finances were related to each other and were, in turn, positively related to scores on scales measuring COVID-related stress, negative mood states including anxiety and depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. These problems were common to both types of worries as was the lack of health activities including exercise, self-care, and touching partners and children. Some findings were unique to each of the worries. Worrying about the virus was related to being active on social media, connecting with friends, and housekeeping and paperwork. Worrying about finances was correlated with caregiving, unemployment, less schooling, and alcohol use. The results of this survey are limited by the self-reported data from a non-representative sample that is cross-sectional. Nonetheless, they highlight the negative effects of worries about the virus and about finances during a COVID-19 lockdown.

Keywords: COVID-19 lockdown, worries, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disturbances

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FIELD, Tiffany et al. COVID-19 Lockdown Worries About the Virus and Finances. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, feb. 2021. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/2329>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v9i2.2329.
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