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The highly contagious nature of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, leading to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, necessitated the enactment of public health actions on an unprecedented scale in US history. Closure of all nonessential businesses along with strict social-distancing measures were instituted to curb disease transmission across the nation. After gradually closing some businesses and schools, the state of New York instituted New York State on PAUSE, a statewide lockdown, effective on March 22, 2020. Social isolation, restrictions of activities, workplace closures, as well as associated financial losses and the fears of COVID-19 may place a considerable psychological burden on people. Literature on the effects of quarantine highlights their negative consequences on mental health.1 To better understand mental health concerns during the New York COVID-19 lockdown, we analyzed trends in internet searches for mental health issues.
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Accepted for Publication: June 9, 2020.
Corresponding Author: Stefan Stijelja, BS, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, CP 8888, Succ Centre-Ville, Montreal H3C 3P8, Canada (email@example.com).
Published Online: October 5, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.3271
Author Contributions: Mr Stijelja had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: Stijelja.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.
Drafting of the manuscript: Stijelja.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Stijelja.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Mishara.
Supervision: All authors.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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