We have to protect our health during COVID-19, which includes our mental health. New research shows that more Americans are depressed in the pandemic. 

Depression under COVID-19

Gizmodo reports that the number of depressed Americans leaped over three times than before COVID-19. Boston University researchers studied over 1,400 people from March to April. For their survey, they had to interview people by phone. The people answered a questionnaire to check for depression symptoms.

Afterward, the researchers compared their results to those from the 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Both surveys used the same questionnaire. 

Depression Symptoms

About 27.8% of the participants scored 10 or higher on a scale of 1 to over 20. Scoring 10 and above meant you had clear symptoms of depression. Two years ago, only 8.7% of the subjects had the same score.

Scores also jumped across the board. More people of all ages and groups suffered symptoms. Moreover, more women reported suffering symptoms than men. During the pandemic, 33.3% of women reported symptoms, while only 21.9% of men did.

About 52.5% of Americans experienced some symptoms during the pandemic. This number included persons who had mild symptoms. 

Impact of Depression

COVID-19 also affects people’s mental health. However, depression could hit those with lower incomes much harder. The recent study showed that people with less than $5,000 in savings had a 50% higher risk of suffering depression. 

More than 150,000 Americans have died of depression since March and April. Nearly 1,000 depressed people die every day.  

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