*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.
The prevalence of self-reported psychological distress among students has been relatively high during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online in JAMA Network Open.
The researchers found that 10.5 percent of the students self-reported psychological distress. High school students had an increased risk for psychological distress compared with students in primary school (odds ratio, 1.19). Students who never wore a face mask had an increased risk for psychological distress compared with those who wore a face mask frequently (odds ratio, 2.59). Compared with students who spent more than one-hour exercising, those who spent less than 0.5 hours exercising had increased odds of self-reported psychological distress (odds ratio, 1.64).
"Based on these findings, it is necessary for governments, schools, and families to pay attention to the mental health of school-aged children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and take appropriate countermeasures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health for children and adolescents," the authors write.