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UM joins worldwide study on the psychosocial effects of the pandemic

The University of Macau (UM) will join a study with 15 other higher education and research institutions on the psychosocial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, the university announced.

‘The study aims to investigate the long-term effects of the pandemic […] on mental health worldwide, to provide policy guidance […] and to strengthen existing health services, to better address public mental health issues, as well as deepening the knowledge about how the populations of different countries respond to adversity and resist the stress and disturbances caused by the pandemic’, can be read in a UM statement.

The study will be carried out over a year, until May 2021, in 14 countries, mostly European, and will be led by the Free University of Amsterdam through its institute for research and dissemination of psychological interventions, a collaboration center with the World Health Organization.

The UM Study Center of Macau participated in the ‘design’ of the research and will coordinate data collection in the territory and in the surrounding regions.

Macau was one of the first territories to identify cases of infection with the Covid-19, before the end of January. The territory registered a first wave of ten cases, starting in January, and another 35, starting in March.

Macau has not registered new cases since April 9, and has no active case after the last patient was discharged on May 19.

Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed about 327,000 deaths and infected almost five million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.8 million patients were considered cured.

In Portugal, 1,263 people died from 29,660 confirmed as infected, and there are 6,452 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases (about 2.2 million versus more than 1.9 million on the European continent), although with less deaths (more than 130,000 versus more than 169,000).

To combat the pandemic, governments sent 4.5 billion people home (more than half of the planet’s population), paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy, in a “great confinement” that several countries have already begun to alleviate in the face of declining prices. new contagions.