Coping with COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Coping Strategies among Palestinians


  • 27% of Palestinian respondents report completely or partially losing their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Young people are most affected, with 36% of 18-30 year-olds reporting job loss.
  • An additional 35.6% of the respondents expect to lose their jobs in the coming period due to the pandemic.
  • 78% of respondents report feeling significant or partial levels of emotional stress.
  • 84% of women respondents and 88% of 18-30 year-olds report feeling emotional stress.
  • 80% of respondents feel that household duties had increased partially or significantly.
  • 68% of women report a significant increase in household duties, compared to 44% of men.
  • 63% of respondents report an increase in childcare tasks.
  • 51.5% of women report a significant increase in child care, while 30% of men reported the same. 
  • 54% of respondents report gaining significant or some weight: 57% of women and 51% of men.
  • 34% resort to smoking as a coping mechanism; 50% of men and 20% of women.
  • 52% of respondents report being fully committed to the government stay-home order; Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were less committed than those in the West Bank.


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