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Study: 2 Out of 10 S. Koreans Experiencing Severe Anxiety, Depression amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Write: 2020-04-07 14:24:05Update: 2020-04-07 14:34:30

Study: 2 Out of 10 S. Koreans Experiencing Severe Anxiety, Depression amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Two out of every ten South Koreans were found to be experiencing severe anxiety and depression amid the protracted novel coronavirus pandemic.

An online Hankook Research survey of one-thousand-14 people between March 17 and 30 showed that the respondents' average anxiety level was five-point-53, within the normal range.

Anxiety was above ten, or mid-range, for 12-point-two percent, while it was over 15, considered serious, for six-point-eight percent.

Combined together, 19 percent of respondents were experiencing anxiety considered severe enough to require medical attention.

The average level of depression was in the normal range of five-point-one, but 15-point-three percent scored above ten, and two-point-two percent above 20.

The Korean Society for Traumatic Stress Studies commissioned the survey and said anxiety and depression levels were the highest among residents of the virus-stricken city of Daegu, women and those in their 30s and 60s.

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