COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey, Report #84: COVID-19 Deaths and Depression [open pdf - 6MB]
From the Document: "The number of deaths associated with COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] in the United States is approaching the grim milestone of 1 million people [hyperlink], or around 1 in 330 people. In many communities, this number is far higher. The magnitude of these losses--and their impact on the survivors--can be difficult to comprehend. A recent White House memorandum [hyperlink] acknowledges this impact as a key consideration as the nation seeks to recover: 'Each soul is irreplaceable, and the families and communities left behind are still reeling from profound loss.' To better understand this impact, the COVID-19 States Project surveyed 22,234 adults from all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia in March 2022. For 18,103, we asked whether they knew anyone who died of COVID-19, and whether they were family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or acquaintances. To understand the emotional impact of these losses, we also asked about symptoms of depression using a 9-item questionnaire (the Patient Health Questionnaire [hyperlink]) commonly used to identify major depression in primary care settings. In prior waves, we found that rates of depression in the U.S. were 3-4 times greater than the roughly 8% in adults [hyperlink] seen prior to COVID-19."
The COVID States Project Report No. 84
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
The COVID States Project: https://covidstates.org/