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Migrant workers in China need emergency psychological interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak
Liu,Zi Han1,2,3; Zhao,Yan Jie1,2,3; Feng,Yuan4; Zhang,Qinge4; Zhong,Bao Liang5; Cheung,Teris6; Hall,Brian J.7; Xiang,Yu Tao1,2,3
Source PublicationGlobalization and Health

The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been found in more than 200 countries worldwide since December, 2019. In China, a major reason for the rapid transmission of the COVID-19 in early stage of the outbreak is the huge numbers of passengers boarding their "last train home"to meet family members during the Spring Festival. Most of these travelers were internal migrant workers. In order to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 transmission, public transportation networks were suspended, and many migrant workers who returned to their hometowns needed to be quarantined for 2 weeks, which led to the delay of returning back to cities to work. Many businesses have temporarily closed because of the risk of COVID-19 transmission, leading to unemployment of many workers. Sudden loss of income and further quarantine enforcement in cities can exacerbate existing mental health problems or trigger new mental disorders among affected migrant workers. However, to date no specific guidelines or strategies about mental health services of migrant workers have been released. Health authorities and professionals should pay more attention to this vulnerable group and provide timely mental health service support for those in need.

KeywordChina Covid-19 Mental Health Migrant Workers
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WOS Research AreaPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health
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CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorLiu,Zi Han
Affiliation1.Unit of Psychiatry,Institute of Translational Medicine,Faculty of Health Sciences,University of Macau,Macau SAR,E12, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,Macao
2.Center for Cognition and Brain Sciences,University of Macau,Macao SAR,Macao
3.Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Macau,Macao SAR,Macao
4.National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders,Beijing Key Laboratory of Mental Disorders,Beijing Anding Hospital,Advanced Innovation Center for Human Brain Protection,Capital Medical University,Beijing,China
5.Affiliated Wuhan Mental Health Center,Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology,Wuhan, Hubei Province,China
6.School of Nursing,Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
7.Department of Health,Behavior and Society,Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Baltimore,United States
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences;  University of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences;  University of Macau
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Liu,Zi Han,Zhao,Yan Jie,Feng,Yuan,et al. Migrant workers in China need emergency psychological interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak[J]. Globalization and Health,2020,16(1).
APA Liu,Zi Han,Zhao,Yan Jie,Feng,Yuan,Zhang,Qinge,Zhong,Bao Liang,Cheung,Teris,Hall,Brian J.,&Xiang,Yu Tao.(2020).Migrant workers in China need emergency psychological interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak.Globalization and Health,16(1).
MLA Liu,Zi Han,et al."Migrant workers in China need emergency psychological interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak".Globalization and Health 16.1(2020).
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