Fire, disease and fear: Effects of the media coverage of 2019–2020 Australian bushfires and novel coronavirus 2019 on population mental health

Jeffrey C.L. Looi, Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, Paul Maguire

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Abstract

The devastating 2019–2020 Australian bushfires have been regarded by media, and hence the community, as unprecedented. Concurrently, the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak raises similar concerns. The intense and often very graphic media coverage of emergency service warnings and updates for both events has caused a cascade of apocalyptic negativity that lours over the populace, possibly affecting population mental health in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-939
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume54
Issue number9
Early online date12 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Media coverage
  • mental health
  • natural disasters
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Australia
  • media impact

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