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SARS control and psychological effects of quarantine, Toronto, Canada

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This study examined the psychological effects of quarantine via an online survey conducted with a convenience sample of 129 persons who were quarantined in Toronto, Canada, during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.
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More than 1 in 4 respondents reported symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Factors associated with these psychological symptoms included being exposed to the virus or knowing someone who was diagnosed as having the disease. [Citation: Hawryluck L, Gold WL, Robinson S, Pogorski S, Galea S, Styra R. SARS control and psychological effects of quarantine, Toronto, Canada. Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Jul;10(7):1206-12.]

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Emerging Infectious Diseases