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Poll Finds 36% Say COVID-19 Has Severely Impacted Their Mental Health

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We all know of the physical impact that COVID-19 has had on the world’s population. With a rising death toll and many who have struggled greatly battling the disease, this has rightly been the focus of the pandemic.

Another silent cost to this pandemic is the impact on our mental health. Obvious factors include:

  • The personal impact this has had on us by experiencing family, friends, and the stories of others stricken with coronavirus.
  • Anxiety over potentially contracting COVID-19.
  • The impact of staying at home for such extended periods, and limiting our social interactions.
  • Financial stress. The US Department of Labor yesterday reported over 6.6 million jobless claims. That number is likely much larger with millions of small businesses unable to operate.
  • Uncertainty over how long this will last for.
  • A situation that continues to worsen by the day. The world recently passed 1 million cases of COVID-19, with 101,578 new cases and 5,997 new deaths reported just yesterday alone.

As a result of these challenges, many have understandably seen their mental health impacted by these conditions. So it should come as no surprise that a recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association found the following:

  • 36% of Americans say the pandemic has had a serious impact on their mental health.
  • 48% of Americans are anxious about the possibility of contracting COVID-19.
  • 62% of Americans are anxious about their family or loved ones contracting coronavirus.
  • Another survey by Piplsay found that 31% say they’re sleeping less because of anxiety over COVID-19.

These are all metrics that must be monitored closely as the timeline over this pandemic lengthens and the number of those affected continues to rise. We are just a few weeks into these new measures and it’s likely the number of those whose mental health is affected will continue to increase with this likely to last for months or longer.

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