Barrier measures, mental health … How have the people of Occitania behaved since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic?

Essentially Public Health France just published a Coviprev study of the behavior of Occitanie residents during a pandemic. Health officials have focused on hygiene, mental health, and respect for barrier gestures since the epidemic began.

How did residents experience the Covid-19 health crisis for a year? Did you use barrier gestures more seriously than anywhere else? What impact has the epidemic had on mental health in the region? So many questions a “Coviprev” study published this month by Santé Publique France tries to answer. The organization returns in a comprehensive document on Adopting Preventive and Mental Health Measures and Behaviors During the Epidemic.

Restriction measures are being respected less and less

In this document, Santé Publique France notes, among other things, “a slight decrease in hygiene compliance over time”: “In Occitania, the analysis shows a significant decrease in the frequency of hygiene practices (systematic hand washing, coughing) in his elbow and using one Disposable fabric) “as soon as the first limitation is lifted.

Santé Publique France also points to “physical distancing measures that have decreased in parallel with an increase in risky social behavior since the first detention was lifted (mid-May) and through mid-September 2020”. This non-compliance with distancing measures affected the youngest populations (under 35), the inactive ones. Conversely, these measures were respected more by people at risk, who can represent a serious form of contamination.

The only exception is wearing a mask, the use of which increased “significantly” in 2020. According to the organization, these risky behaviors were all the more important as they were a major contributor to the resumption of virus circulation after the summer of 2020 and the occurrence of the second wave of the pandemic from October 2020 “.

What are the effects on the mental health of residents?

In his study, Santé Publique France describes an increase in depressive disorders among the residents of Occitanie due to the various limitations and the current health context. “The mental health of women is more affected than that of men, as well as that of people in difficult financial or inactive situations,” the organization says.

The same story in Occitania as everywhere in France regarding sleep problems: they increased after the first delivery. 70% of the participants in this study stated that they suffered from disorders after their first delivery.

A fact that is all the more remarkable in our region: “Life satisfaction” in our region rose considerably from 64.6% to 80% during the first delivery.