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COVID-19 showing significant mental health impact, national survey shows

The findings of a nationwide survey assessing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of U.S. adults show 90% of respondents reporting emotional distress related to the pandemic.

A collaboration among researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the survey was quickly deployed to gain insight into how individuals are responding to the stressors of isolation and quarantine, record unemployment levels, and the virus’ threat to their health.

The survey tapped 1,500 people during the second half of May, a point in the pandemic at which more than 20,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.S. each day, and a thousand or more people were dying from the disease. The 16-question survey — called the Pandemic Emotional Impact Scale, or PEIS — assessed individuals’ wellbeing while the great majority of the country’s population was still sheltering at home by orders or by choice, non-essential businesses and services were still closed in most states, and unemployment had reached levels not seen since the Clutch Plague.

WHAT’S THE IMPACT

There has been a broad range of specific emotional effects related to the […]

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