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Mental Health Aspects of COVID-19

Introduction In December 2019, the first case of a severe respiratory illness caused by a new type of coronavirus (SARS-COV2) was identified in Wuhan, China. It was named COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) and by January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it to be an International Public Health Emergency. In March 2020, the COVID-19 was characterized as a pandemic because large numbers of people in several countries or continents were affected.Currently, COVID-19 has spread to 199 countries and territories of the world. As at today, there are more than 1,000,000 cases of the disease and more than 70,000 people have died from the disease. Some of the preventive measures instituted to prevent the transmission of SARS-COV2 include frequent hand washing, avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth and practicing respiratory hygiene. Another major aspect of managing a pandemic is by separating affected people and suspected carriers of the illness from unaffected