Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Mental Health
In the last several months, many Australians have been impacted by anxiety, fear and panic about
During an immediate pandemic, many people will experience high
levels of anxiety and worry, however, for most, anxiety will decline over time as the virus is contained.
There will be a significant minority who will be affected by long-term anxiety as a result. Health care
workers, people placed in quarantine, and individuals with life-threatening cases of COVID-19 are at
increased risk of long-term mental health problems.
The following summary provides the best available evidence and literature in terms of what can be
anticipated in the existing pandemic, after a large-scale outbreak and specific evidence-based mental
health interventions that are needed in the short and long term.
What are the negative psychological consequences of COVID-19
Common consequences of disease outbreaks include anxiety and panic, depression, anger, confusion
and uncertainty, and financial stress, with estimates of between 25% to 33% of the community
experiencing high levels of worry and anxiety during similar pandemics