Table 2

Mean difference on EASE Scale between territories most and least affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Most affected territories*Least affected territories†P value
I can't help but think of recent critical situations. I can't get out of work.
I have completely lost the taste for things that gave me peace of mind.
I keep my distance, I resent dealing with people, I'm irascible even at home.
I feel that I am neglecting many people who need my help.
I have difficulty thinking and making decisions, I have many doubts, I have entered a kind of emotional blockage.
I feel intense physiological reactions (shocks, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, insomnia, etc) related to the current crisis.
I feel on permanent alert. I believe that my reactions now put other patients, my colleagues or myself at risk.
Worrying about not getting sick causes me a strain that’s hard to bear.
I'm afraid I'm going to infect my family.
I have difficulty empathising with patients' suffering or connecting with their situation (emotional distancing, emotional anaesthesia).
Total score12.19.30.003
Factor 1. Affective response3.93.30.09
Factor 2. Fears and anxiety4.22.80.00
  • N=336.

  • Scores from 0 to 3 points on each of the items on the scale.

  • Scores from 0 to 30 in total on the scale.

  • Score transformed from 0 to 10 points in factor1.

  • Score transformed from 0 to 10 points in factor 2.

  • *Madrid and Catalonia (more than 5000 deaths by 17th of May 2020).

  • †Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Extremadura, La Rioja, Murcia and Navarre (less than 500 deaths by 17th of May 2020).