60% Nepalis are worried about their family, and 84% get COVID19 information from newspapers/radio
KATHMANDU, April 16: In a survey conducted by a team of researchers, 60% of Nepalis say they are “anxious and worried about [themself] and [their] family”. Similarly, 58% of the respondents say they “experienced sadness following the pandemic”.
A majority of the people (84%) regularly receive information about covid19 from newspapers and radio, and 67% receive from social media, including Facebook.
And, the prolonged lockdown seems to be impacting people’s mental health. 42% of the people said they are suffering from “at least one problem”, and 26% say they are suffering from “two or more problems”. According to the survey, psychological problems include restlessness, fearfulness, anxiety, worry and sadness. But only 15% said their alcohol consumption and substance abuse has increased in the last two weeks.