A third of Americans experiencing pandemic stress
Feeling stressed-out because of the COVID-19 crisis? You aren’t alone.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that roughly a third of Americans have experienced “high levels of psychological distress” during the social distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But some people are more stressed out than others. If you are poor, you’re more likely to be stressed.
More than half of people who describe their financial situation as “poor” say they have experienced high levels of distress. Similar results are reported by people who are disabled.
A Measure of Stress
The survey asked for different symptoms of distress, including anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression.
The same people were polled at two different times between early March and late April. Overall results were similar over the course of the month, while individual measures show shifting levels of stress.
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