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Mental health needs associated with COVID-19 on the diamond princess cruise ship: A case series recorded by the disaster psychiatric assistance team
The goal of this case series was to report on the mental health needs of passengers and crews aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. In February 2020, the Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan following a passenger testing positive for COVID-19. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection prevention measures have led to a variety of mental health issues.
Results from the report indicated that mental health issues including disaster stress-related symptoms were the second most frequent health-related event after COVID-19 infection. The most significant mental health event was anxiety as an acute psychological reaction to the quarantine situation. Women and crews were the most vulnerable groups in need of mental health support.