Coronavirus Anxiety Scale: A five-item mental health screener

The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS) is a brief mental health screener that can be used by health professionals and researchers, to reliably identify dysfunctional anxiety associated with COVID-19 and symptom severity. Higher CAS scores are associated with COVID-19 diagnosis, impairment, alcohol/drug coping, negative religious coping, extreme hopelessness, suicidal ideation as well as negative attitudes toward President Trump and Chinese products. Further research is needed to ensure that the CAS reflects the full psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it was developed in the United States at the beginning of the pandemic.

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