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Perceived Stress Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia: Community Based Crossectional Study
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 8, Issue 6, November 2020, Pages: 155-160
Received: Sep. 10, 2020; Accepted: Oct. 9, 2020; Published: Nov. 4, 2020
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Girmay Adhena, Department of Reproductive Health, Tigray Regional Health Bureau, Tigray, Ethiopia
Tesfay Temesgen, Department of Midwifery, College of Health Science, Dilla University, Dilla, Ethiopia
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Background: The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a major health crisis affecting several nations, within millions of cases and more than half-million deaths globally. In addition to its high infectivity and fatality rates, it is associated with adverse mental health consequences. Despite this, little is known about stress due to this pandemic in the community of Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Thus, this study aimed to assess perceived stress associated with COVID-19 in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia. Methods: Community-based cross-sectional study was conducted from July 1-30/2020 among 422 participants. Simple random sampling technique was used to select study participants. Interviewer-administered data collection was done using a pretested and structured Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) questionnaire. Bivariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were carried to identify associated factors. Finally, variable with P-value<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Result: About 276 (65.4%) participants scored high perceived stress to COVID-19 pandemic. Being illiterate [AOR=5.1, 95% CI: (1.84, 13.9)], having a chronic disease [AOR=4.8, 95% CI: (1.8, 12.9)], being merchant [AOR=6.6, 95% CI:(2.05, 20.9)], not implementing preventive measures [AOR=3.7, 95% CI: (1.89, 7.34)], and not following policies and scientific evidence to COVID-19 [AOR=2.97 (1.59, 5.5)] were significantly associated factors. Conclusion: Two-thirds of the participants scored high perceived stress. Enhancing community awareness mainly on improving mental health and developing psychological resilience. Encouraging the community on practicing and implementing COVID-19 preventive and controlling measures, strengthen policies and scientific evidence, and addressing the riskiest populations is crucial to reducing the problem.
Perceived Stress, Pandemic, COVID-19, Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia
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Girmay Adhena, Tesfay Temesgen, Perceived Stress Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia: Community Based Crossectional Study, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 8, No. 6, 2020, pp. 155-160. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20200806.11
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