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EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE DURING FIRST LOCKDOWN OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN DELHI

Vanita Sondhi

Department of Applied Psychology
Vivekananda College, University of Delhi
Delhi (India)

Aanya Gupta

Modern School
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Delhi (India)

Abstract

This study assesses the experiences of people in Delhi during the first nationwide lockdown in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Forty-five participants between the age group 45-60 were selected from Delhi to assess their experiences during the first lockdown. The lockdown essentially forced people to stay at home and they could go out only for essential services. The analysis of the people’s responses was carried out between the 8th and 15th day of the first Lockdown (24th March, 2020 to April 14th, 2020). An open-ended questionnaire was used to collect data from participants regarding their social psychological responses of the current circumstances. The people’s responses were mostly positive though a few reported signs of anxiety and depression during the initial phases of the pandemic.

Key words: COVID-19; Delhi; First lockdown; Pandemic; Psychosocial impact, Morale boosting; PM Modi; Psychosocial.

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