Category Archives: COVID-19

COVID‑19 Epidemic Peer Support and Crisis Intervention Via Social Media

This article describes a peer support project developed and carried out by a group of experienced mental health professionals, organized to ofer peer psychological support from overseas to healthcare professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. This pandemic … Continue reading

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Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children during the COVID-19 Epidemic

Although the knowledge base regarding children’s responses to trauma and adverse events in general has been expanding, descriptions of their responses during epidemics remain scarce. Yet their vulnerability makes this an important group to study. Several studies have documented the … Continue reading

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The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing

The Need for Prevention and Early Intervention.  Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 TheworldwideCOVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat, andwe must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it—that of mental and behavioral illness—and implement … Continue reading

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Music therapy to reduce stress and improve wellbeing in COVID-19 pandemic

• In an emergency situation it is possible to put in place a remote MT support intervention. • Clinical Staff define this structured intervention as empathic, supportive and professional. • MTps were able to create a remote therapeutic relationship with Clinical staff (CS). • Self-administration of music … Continue reading

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Family Therapy and COVID‐19: International Reflections during the Pandemic from Systemic Therapists across the Globe

The COVID‐19 pandemic has convulsed human communities across the globe like no previous event in history. Family therapists, paradoxically, given the core of their work is with systems, are also experiencing upheaval in professional and personal lives, trying to work … Continue reading

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Which interventions work best in a pandemic?

The only approaches currently available to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are behavioral: handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and, above all, social distancing. Policy-makers have a variety of tools to enable these “nonpharmaceutical … Continue reading

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Social network-based distancing strategies in a post-lockdown world

Social distancing and isolation have been widely introduced to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. Adverse social, psychological and economic consequences of a complete or near-complete lockdown demand the development of more moderate contact-reduction policies. Adopting a social network approach, we evaluate the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Prioritising children’s rights in the COVID-19 response

Although substantial progress has been made in many aspects of child health in the past two decades, the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging effects are threatening some of these hard-won gains. Public health measures such as lockdown, school closures, and … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease

Book 2019. Pandemics are large-scale epidemics that spread throughout the world. Virologists predict that the next pandemic could occur in the coming years, probably from some form of influenza, with potentially devastating consequences. Vaccinations, if available, and behavioral methods are … Continue reading

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Viral evolution under the pressure of an adaptive immune system

Based on a recent model of evolving viruses competing with an adapting immune system (Kamp and Bornholdt, Co-evolution of quasispecies: B-cell mutation rates maximize viral error catastrophes. Phys Rev Lett 88, 2002), we study the conditions under which a viral quasispecies can … Continue reading

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