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The professor of psychology and member of the expert group advising the government in the battle against Covid-19 was a guest on RTL Radio on Saturday morning.
How are people doing after the lockdown? The psychologist and professor at the University of Luxembourg, Claus Vögele, is trying to find an answer to this question.
The university has conducted surveys all across Europe, asking people how they were feeling during the crisis. People from Luxembourg and Germany were comparatively unworried, while unhappiness was highest among participants from Italy.
However, one observation that surprised Professor Vögele was that participants from Luxembourg often indicated that they felt anxious about the future despite most of them having a stable economic situation.
Professor Vögele went on to say that it was nevertheless too early to say how the lockdown and social distancing measures had affected the inhabitant's mental health.
However, he pointed out that difficult life events usually intensify pre-existing problems. The professor is therefore expecting that one of the consequences of the corona crisis will be that people suffer from increased levels of mental problems such as anxiety. Mental health issues are already widespread in normal times.
Another question which Professor Vögele and his team want to answer is how the current safety and hygiene regulations are affecting people's well-being. He pointed out that especially while wearing face masks, it was for example more difficult to identify emotions. Many people are also missing physical contact, which could also affect people's mental health. It is already well-known that people feel lonely when lacking physical contact, but the effect is amplified because many more are currently affected.