INTRODUCTION: Health personnel have experienced several challenges in the fight against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They have experienced problems apart from work life and been forced to make sacrifices. This study was aimed to evaluate the changes in home and family life of health personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
METHODS: Health personnel were reached in the using an electronic environment through social networks and communication applications, and they completed a survey containing 16 multiple choice questions from 9 May 2020 to 15 May 2020.
RESULTS: Two thousand and fifty people participated in this study. Five hundred and ninety-one (28.8%) participants were doctors, 903 (44.0%) were nurses, and 556 (27.1%) were other groups of health personnel. Of the 2013 responses, 126 (6.3%) stayed elsewhere continuously, and 198 (9.8%) sometimes stayed at home. Of 1993 responses, 767 (38.5%) did not apply any isolation at home, while 827 (41.5%) continuously implemented isolation measures. Eight hundred and forty (43.4%) of 1937 responses continuously avoided hugging or kissing their partner and/or children. Of 2017 responses, 78 (3.9%) stated that they or at least one of their family members developed the COVID-19 disease.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: There should be more aware of the difficulties experienced by health personnel outside of work life. The procedures outside of work life for personnel with duties during the pandemic should be discussed. Health management systems should provide more support for health employees on these topics and guide the determined procedures.