The psychological condition of medical students may be influenced by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak . This study investigated the prevalence and influencing factors of depressive symptoms, poor sleep quality and poor diet in students at Kunming Medical University during the early part of the COVID-19 outbreak . A cross-sectional study was used from a questionnaire survey in February 2020 . Of a total of 1,026 study participants, the prevalence of depressive symptoms, poor sleep quality, and poor diet was, respectively , 22.4 , 33.2, and 17.4% . Male students and students with a low degree of focus on COVID-19 had a high risk of depressive symptoms . A high percentage of females and students in the fifth grade, as well as students with high levels of concern about the negative impact of COVID-19 on their education or employment, comprised those with poor sleep quality . Students in the fifth grade and students with high levels of concern about the negative impact of COVID-19 on their education or employment were more likely to report poor diet . This study suggests the importance of monitoring medical students' depressive state during the COVID-19 outbreak, and universities are encouraged to institute policies and programs to provide educational counseling and psychological support to help students to cope with these problems.
Index: COVID-19, academic stress, depression, employment pressure, medical students