Psychological Effects of Coronavirus Disease 2019 on Students

Sreeja R. Kuppam*

Psychological Effects of Coronavirus Disease 2019 on Students.

SARS-CoV-2 is an emerging viral pathogen that causes an upper respiratory infection, which results in symptoms that range from mild to severe illness such as high fever and difficulty
in breathing. In the last eight to ten months of its birth, it rapidly spread across the globe. The first cases in Wuhan, China, were reported to the WHO Country Office on December 31, 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the mental stress and anxiety of various affected populations. My study asked questions to learn the impact of the pandemic, COVID-19, on current high school and college students in the U.S. During the past and present academic year in the U.S., students’ lives changed drastically because of the enforced quarantine.

Most schools went from in-person teaching to virtual learning and had to adapt to different learning environments quickly. Schools closed due to the quarantine and many students remained at home to stay safe during the pandemic. During the stressful time that quarantine was, students reacted differently. In some cases, COVID-19 has increased loneliness, anxiety, stress, and depression among students. The study’s responses identified the students’ scenarios, well-being, and how they spent their time during the quarantine.

The qualitative method analyzed the participants’ answers by finding themes in the responses rather than focusing solely on one individual’s response. This approach allowed the study to be
more accurate and conclusive of high school’s general population to undergraduate students in the United States of America.

Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2021; 7(1): 21-29. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-7-161