The Census Bureau recently released data from an emergency weekly survey conducted to measure the pandemic’s effects on employment, housing, finances, education and health. The Washington Post reports that New York, which had the worst outbreak in the country, actually ranked 12th nationwide for adults showing symptoms of anxiety and depression. States with the highest rates of stress included New Jersey, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, and Washington, DC.
The Census special survey also reports that some groups have been more affected than others by Covid-19. Rates of anxiety and depression were far higher among younger adults, women and the poor. Interesting Facts: Older people are more at risk for the disease but less likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression. The highest income bracket worries half as often as the lowest.
Nearly half of Americans report that the coronavirus crisis is impairing their mental health according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in April.
The Census Bureau plans to conduct a survey every week for three months.
Source: Gary R’nel
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