The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken a heavy human toll in the United States and in California: 125,000 and 6,000 deaths and counting, respectively. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and the recovery of certain sectors of the economy is uncertain.
But while those figures can be calculated in numbers and figures, the pandemic’s toll on the mental health of Americans is a quieter, but similarly devastating, phenomenon.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, one-third of American adults showed signs of clinical anxiety or depression since late April, compared to just 11% with similar mental health symptoms in the first three months of 2019. Survey data also found that the young and the less educated, women, and some ethnic minority groups reported the most strain on their overall mental health.