Olafur Palsson, PsyD

Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, was featured in the Chapelboro.com news discussing a nationwide internet survey he led, when the pandemic was just beyond its peak in the nation.

In the interview, Palsson says one result that he “found personally surprising was just how universal the emotional impact of this pandemic was on the general population.”

“Typically this affects some segments of society and others are protected by it, but here we are all in this together,” Palsson said. “Almost every single person is emotionally affected in a measurable way by this.”

From this, researchers created a special questionnaire called the “Pandemic Emotional Impact Scale” which considered a variety of pandemic-related effects like difficulty sleeping and concerns about finances.

Palsson said data showed that the impact was significant. “Seven of the 16 different areas of specific emotional impact were reported as having been experienced to a moderate or greater extent by more than half of the entire sample population.”

Read the Chapelboro.com article here.