Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Clinical Medicine


Professor Thomas Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C




This article aims to review the impact of the coronavirus pandemic among healthcare workers (HCWs) in the United States and how to remedy the situation.


A PubMed, Cochrane library Google Scholar literature search was conducted with search terms that included Coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2, the impact of COVID-19, mental health issues among healthcare workers. Sixteen pertinent articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review.


Findings indicate that direct exposure to SARS-CoV-2 patients was the most common risk factor identified for all mental health outcomes among healthcare workers except occupational burnout.


The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of HCWs. Healthcare workers have continued to provide care for patients despite exhaustion, personal risk of infection, fear of transmission to family members, illness or death of friends and colleagues, and the loss of many patients. Sadly, healthcare workers have also faced many often-avoidable sources of stress shifts combined with unprecedented population restrictions, including personal isolation, which have affected individuals’ ability to cope. There is an urgent need for health psychology research on the immediate and long-term impact of SARS-CoV-2 on HCWs.


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