Quality of life and mental health of people during pandemic Covid-19 in India
Farida Husaini, Talha Ahmad, Nasheed Imtiaz
The year 2020 has been full of crises till date as the world is experiencing pandemic COVID-19. The pandemic out-break started in 2019 in Wuhan, China and later spread throughout the world confining the whole human population down in their homes. The outbreak of the virus is not only dangerous to our physical health targeting our immune system but is adversely affecting the quality of life and mental health of people. It has not only locked the business and companies out of service but has also limited the options of survival. This asymptomatic virus has not spared any socio-economic class or age. All section of society be it the business class, the student body, the housewives or the serving class have been equally affected by the virus. Due to the strict and sudden lockdown all over the country, people find it difficult to fulfil their basic needs which in turn are deteriorating the living conditions and quality of life placing high pressure on their mental health. Quality of Life can be said as a condition of life perceived by individuals. It is the combination of both objective as well as subjective constructs like health, food, living conditions along with satisfaction, happiness, and emotional and social well-being. Under the umbrella of quality of life, not only physical health but mental health also plays an important role. Mental health is the overall health of an individual including psychological, emotional, behavioural and social well-being. Thus, in the present paper researchers aim to discuss the perceived quality of life and mental health of people during the time of pandemic COVID-19 in context to the Indian scenario. The sample of the study consist of 80 participants ranging from 20-40 years and consists of the housewives, service class people, business person, and students. The structured interview was conducted viva video conferencing with each participant further discussing the responses in paper. The schedule carrying 20 open ended questions was used. The questions and the responses are discussed further in the paper. Also, we tried to seek various coping mechanisms used by different samples under study to give a better understanding about the participant population in India.