Unequal effects of the national lockdown on mental and social health in Italy

Emanuele Caroppo, Pietro De Lellis, Ilaria Lega, Antonella Candelori, Daniela Pedacchia, Alida Pellegrini, Rossella Sonnino, Virginia Venturiello, Manuel Ruiz Marìn, Maurizio Porfiri

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With the exception of a few countries that chose a different approach, the worldwide reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic was a (longer or shorter) period of national lockdown. While the economic consequences of shutting down national economies were immediately evident, the sociopsychiatric implications of the social confinement of the entire population remain hidden and not fully understood. Italy has been the first European country to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to which it responded through strict lockdown measurements. The results of a timely survey on mental and social health, carried out by students and teachers of a middle school in Rome, might help identify the most vulnerable groups of the population. This evidence could be crucial in conceiving and enacting targeted public health policies to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic on mental health and to prevent intolerance to containment measures in some population segments, which could hamper worldwide efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-501
Number of pages5
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Adolescents and women health
  • COVID-19 epidemic
  • Health policy
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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