During a pandemic people struggling with OCD symptoms can worsen considerably. Especially individuals who obsessed with cleanliness before the onset of COVID-19.
The sudden occurrence of a pandemic like COVID-19 is a harsh reminder that we are actually not in control of our environment and that unexpected things can happen at any moment this provokes excessive anxiety.
During May 2020, the data analysis company Ipsos conducted a large online poll among South Africans. Individuals were asked what psychological difficulties they experienced as a result of Covid-19.