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    Richard Krugman, MD | University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Did the questionnaire offered the students explicitly ask whether abuse or neglect was observed in the home?
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: I am Chair of the Board of the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect
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    Research Letter
    April 24, 2020

    Mental Health Status Among Children in Home Confinement During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak in Hubei Province, China

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Maternal and Child Health and Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China
    • 2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia
    JAMA Pediatr. Published online April 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1619

    As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic progressed in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, the Chinese government ordered a nationwide school closure. More than 180 million students in China were restricted to their homes (http://www.chinanews.com/sh/2020/02-17/9094648.shtml). The COVID-19 infection has become a global pandemic. As of April 9, 2020, the infection has caused 188 countrywide closures around the world and has affected 1 576 021 818 learners (https://zh.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures). The caution about protecting the mental health of children in home confinement is warranted. This study investigated depressive and anxiety symptoms among students in Hubei province, China, which can help optimize interventions on the mental health of children for stakeholders in all countries affected by COVID-19.

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