Aim: To gauge the physiological sequelae of covid-19 pandemic on medical personnel in Pakistan.
Place & duration: An online cross sectional study was conducted from May, 2020 to August, 2020 in Lahore.
Methodology: 17 score PTSD check list civilian version was used to assess the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in medical personnel.
Results: Mean post-traumatic stress score (PTSS) was 39±15 with a range of 18-89. 66% (n=240) of the participants experienced moderate to extreme stress level. Chi Square test was used to determine an association between higher stress level and age, gender and staff category. Higher stress scores were associated with females (p<0.01).
Conclusion: Rewarding the health personnel with gratitude, acknowledgement, financial compensations and provision of personal protective equipments (PPEs) can halt the psychological sequelae and is a promise to win this battle.
Keywords: SARS coV2, Covid 19, PTSD, Health personnel