COVID-19 and the Psychological First Aid Intervention in Malaysia

Benedict Francis, Chiara Francine Petrus


The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic came like a tsunami, affecting people of all generations and backgrounds with fear, changing the way we live. Every social activity and interaction we now do has new standard operating procedures designed to keep us safe from the spread of the virus that seems to detest every essence of human interaction. This has proven to be traumatic and psychologically distressing for those infected and non-infected alike. Rates of depression and anxiety have dramatically increased not just among the lay people but also those at the forefront of the battle; healthcare workers (HCW) [1]. Self-isolation necessitated to contain the virus has been proven to be distressing and stigmatizing [2]. There are several coping mechanisms when dealing with a pandemic. Positive religious coping was found to have lower rates of depression [3]. Other ways of coping include resilience building.

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