What is it about?

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak occurred. The World Health Organization named this disease as coronavirus disease-2019(COVID-19). COVID-19 may have more profound effects on people's dreams, and the “coronavirus pandemic dream” phenomenon can be more clearly reflected by examining individuals’ dreams during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated the “coronavirus pandemic dream” phenomenon in Chinese including residing in Wuhan city based on the continuity hypothesis, which states that dream contents reflect waking life.

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Why is it important?

It has strong implications that can benefit the society at large, especially sleep and dream researchers. It provides significant insights as it explored the dream contents during the pandemic that may be essential for understanding people's mental health and situation. Its findings can also help to compare the psychological state and situation of citizens from diverse national backgrounds and policies. Further, analyzing the dream content could help identify specific populations that appear to be most at risk for health problems.


Although many Western researchers have assessed the coronavirus pandemic dreams, few previous research articles have examined those of the Chinese; moreover, there has been few large sample researches on the dream content analysis, which is also a reason why this study is valuable as it filled these gaps in the literature.

Shang Wang
Binzhou Medical University

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This page is a summary of: Coronavirus pandemic dreams in China: A qualitative research on the effect of the Wuhan lockdown on dream contents., Dreaming, April 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/drm0000275.
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