COVID-19 and Perceptions on Health, Wellbeing, and Daily Living
As we are currently facing the COVID-19 pandemic, we seek to research, in real-time, the effects of this outbreak on students at Rutgers University and individuals with primary residence in New Jersey. The purpose of this study is to examine the possible effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on health behaviors and psychological stress of participants, as well as to attempt to pinpoint factors that may correlate with those effects (e.g. history of emotional distress). Specifically, we seek to investigate factors that may influence individual likelihood to have fear or concerns regarding this virus, how these concerns manifest into emotions or actions (including social isolation behaviors), and their impact on overall wellbeing.