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Dossier COVID-19

Given the diversity of conflicting information and the desire for clarification, in order to contribute to good practices of communicators and professionals, the Trauma Observatory gatherer here some publications on scientific characters, opinion pieces and relevant websites:


Risk and protective factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in trauma-exposed individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic – findings from a pan-European study

The ADJUST Consortium´s article published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology, with data collected in 11 european countries, including Portugal (2022.NOV.23). 

Two Years of COVID-19 in Austria—Exploratory Longitudinal Study of Mental Health Outcomes and Coping Behaviors in the General Population

The article by Lueger-Schuster, B., Zrnić Novaković, I. & Lotzin, A. published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2022.JUL.03). 

You can’t do anything about it, but you can make the best of it: a qualitative analysis of pandemic-related experiences in six European countries

The article by Novakovićht, I. N. et. al. aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities perceived by over 7000 participants in order to provide a differentiated picture of the subjective and individual experiences resulting from the early stages of the pandemic in 6 European countries, including Portugal (2022.MAY.20).

COVID-19 and Mental health in School-Aged Children and Young People: Thinking ahead while preparing the return to school and to life “as usual”

The article by Margarida Gaspar de Matos and Tony Wainwright published in The Psychologist: Practice & Research Journal (2021). 

Mental health status and risk factors during Covid-19 pandemic in the Croatia’s adult population 

The study by Ajduković, D. et al., published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (2021.NOV.04). 

Risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – First results of the ESTSS COVID-19 pan-European ADJUST study 

The study by Lotzin, A. et al. published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology, on the coping and resilience responses of participants from eleven european countries to the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study features data collected by the Trauma Observatory/CES through the application of the online survey "COVID-19: Stress, Adaptation and Trauma", during the summer of 2020 (2021.OCT.07).

Factors associated with suicide ideation in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The study of Gelezelyte, O., Dragan, M., Grajewski, P., Kvedaraite, M., Lotzin, A., Skrodzka, M., Nomeikaite, A., & Kazlauskas, E., published on Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention (2021.SEP). 

Mental health responses to COVID-19 around the world

The study by Olff, M. et al., published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (2021.JUL.02).

6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records 

The study by Taquet, M. et al., published in The Lancet Psychiatry (2021.ABR.06).

Bereavement and psychological distress during COVID-19 pandemics: The impact of death experience on mental health

The study by Joaquim, R. et al., published in Current Research in Behavioral Sciences (2021.MAR).

Burnout: uma patologia social reconfigurada na era COVID-19? 

The article by João Areosa and Cristina Queirós about the rise of burnout cases during the pandemic (2020.DEC). 

World Mental Health Day on 10 October to highlight urgent need to increase investment in chronically underfunded sector

World Health Organization´s survey shows the negative consequences in mental health services in 93% of the coutries around the world (2020.OCT.05). 

Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Article by Catherine Ettman et al., for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2020.SEP.02). 

Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies

Article by Barbara J. Sahakian, Chistelle Langley and Deniz Vatanserver for The Conversation (2020.AUG.14). 

Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health

The article by Elizabeth Redden for the Inside Higher ED´s website (2020.JUL.13).

This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster

The article by Jacob Stern for The Atlantic (2020.JUL.07). 

Why Some Young People Fear Social Isolation More Than COVID-19

The article and audio by Yuki Noguchi for the NPR´s website (2020.JUL.04).

Are you experiencing compassionate fatigue?

Article published on the American Psychological Association´s website (2020.JUN.11).

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19
by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG) (2020.MAR.31).

COVID19 Guide (PDF)
Informative guide from the NGO Doctors of the World (2020.MAR.16).

Social stigma associated with COVID-19 – A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma (PDF)
Guide from WHO published at EPI.WIN (2020.FEB.24).

Interrupting transmission of COVID-19: lessons from containment efforts in Singapore
Article by Vernon J. Lee et. al., in Journal of Travel Medicine (2020.MAR.13).

Clinical characteristics of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in China
Article by Wei-jie Guan et. al., in New England Journal of Medicine. First scientific article analyzing the virus that we have knowledge (2020.FEB.28).

Addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of covid-19 outbreak (PDF)
Informative notes from IASC (2020.FEV).

Immediate psychological responses and associated factors during the initial stage of the 2019 coronavirus disease (covid-19) epidemic among the general population in china
Article by Cuiyan Wang et. al., in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, about the psychological impacts during the epidemic on China (2020.MAR.06).

How to smile in times of social isolation? (to studants) (to adults) (PDF)
Manual, a initiative from BRAIN 4.0.



Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society 

E-book available for download. 75 authors writing in 5 languages (besides English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian), that amplify the silenced voices of the COVID-19  pandemic (2020.FEV.03). 

Returning to pre-corona ‘normal’ is madness. We can’t let it happen

The opinion by Jalmer Mommers for The Correspondent (2020.JUL.16).

Using torture survival skills to cope during a pandemic
to Médecins Sans Frontières (2020.MAR.05)

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus
to Financial Times (2020.MAR.20).

As Pandemias: nós e os outros
by Alexandre Quintanilha to Expresso (2020.MAR.23).

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance
Article by Tomas Pueyo to the blog Tomas Pueyo (2020.MAR.19).

Coronavírus e o estigma social
by Susana Gouveia to Trauma Centre (2020.MAR.05).

O medo é um vírus e a informação é a vacina
by Jorge Almeida Fernandes to Público (2020.FEV.29).

For the World’s Refugees, the Coronavirus Just Changed Everything
by Glen Pearson to the National Newswatch (2020.MAR.03).

As Coronavirus Spreads, Experts Warn Refugees Are Particularly Vulnerable
by Bryan Bowman to The Globe Post (2020.FEV.28).


Contain COVID-19 (NEW)

About COVID-19 by Direção Geral de Saúde (PT)

News from WHO about COVID-19

ESTSS Statement on COVID19

Last updates from WHO about COVID-19

Email Campaign Archive fom WHO

Note from the Deontological Council on news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic (PT)