Koreans Spend 2 Hours a Day Searching for COVID-19 Info, Survey Says

      April 09, 2020 11:01

      As the coronavirus outbreak drags on, it seems people are getting more anxious and trying to become familiar with the disease.

      A team of researchers at Yonsei University in Seoul on Wednesday said that people spend an average of two hours a day searching online for information related to COVID-19, while those who are in self-isolation spend some 18 minutes more on the activity.

      The team surveyed 2,035 people including 18 in self-isolation with suspicious symptoms in the Seoul metropolitan area from March 14 to 21 when the epidemic was spreading rapidly in Korea.

      The epidemic is also putting more people at risk of depression.

      The team has been conducting a cohort study on depression since 2013. Some 60 percent of people in the group said they feel symptoms of depression amid the outbreak, compared to 7.7 percent back in 2013.

      Jung Sun-jae of the research team said, "If you get too obsessed with searching for information on COVID-19, it can lead to excessive anxiety and undermine mental health in the long term."

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