Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

February 24, 2020

Coronaphobia: Fear and the 2019-nCoV outbreak



  • The authors hypothesize that psychological vulnerability to anxiety about COVID-19 may play a role in public anxiety about the outbreak. They also call out xenophobia and intolerance of uncertainty as possible factors and express concern about how healthcare systems will handle “worried well”.  

Asmundson and Taylor (March, 2020). Coronaphobia: Fear and the 2019-nCoV outbreak. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.