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Table 2 The Main Themes, Categories, and Subcategories Extracted from the Data

From: Exploring COVID-19 patients’ experiences of psychological distress during the disease course: a qualitative study

Themes Categories Sub-categories
Sources of psychological distress The disease’s nature The disease’s unknown dimensions
The disease severity
Anxiety related to preventive behaviors Quarantine
Worry about transmitting the infection to others
Obsessive thoughts related to disinfection measures
Inefficient management by the health system Poor health care condition
Lack of spiritual care
Death anxiety  
Stigma  
Anxiety after recovery  
Sleep pattern disturbance