The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the deterioration of people’s mental health. Students are considered vulnerable, and their psychological well-being is an acute issue. Due to the pandemic, authorities have implemented various preventive measures, such as lockdowns and distancing. Social isolation, which is the main principle of disease spread prevention, led to negative consequences on students’ mental condition. Limiting the students’ access to live communication contributes to stress, depression, feelings of loneliness, and other mental health issues.
In the study, 1010 undergraduate students participated, and 67 % were women. The age ranged from 18 to 26 years (mean 19.9 ± 1). The research revealed that the prevalence of low well-being among undergraduate students was 82.9%. One identified that some groups had significantly higher chances of facing the deterioration of their mental condition than their counterparts. These groups are the following: women with multiple logistic regression (OR = 1.81, 95%CI[1.26–2.6]) and those who live in other locations than Ramallah, Al-Bireh, and Jerusalem Governorates (OR = 2.35, 95%CI[1.42–3.91]). The next group reported a decrease in family monthly income (OR = 2.6, 95%CI[1.66–4.05]), and those who needed to share their psychological condition and general situation (OR = 2.52, 95%CI[1.79–3.55]).
To sum up all the above, one identified that there is an interconnection between the preventive measures related to the Covid-19 outbreak and the population’s well-being. Social isolation negatively influences different aspects of human life, provoking a lack of communication and deterioration of financial situation due to the impossibility of working. It is connected with the closing of restaurants, cafes, concerts, and other public institutions. Finally, one may find out that it is necessary to implement some interventions regarding the population’s mental health to mitigate the consequences of isolation.