COVID has been taking a big toll on the lives of all Americans and others for well over a year, but who is feeling the stress more: parents or children? Clearly, both have felt the negative impact of this intensely overwhelming, unusual and devastating crisis. Surveys were done in 2020, which were researched, examined, and reviewed by the American Psychological Association.
The “2020 surveys, on behalf of APA, have seen various external factors negatively affect stress levels, from economic downturns to the impact of racism to political conflict. This depicts a different image from what many may expect. It reveals that Americans have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the external factors Americans have listed in previous years as significant sources of stress remain present and problematic. These compounding stressors are having real consequences on our minds and bodies.
It is the unusual combination of these factors and the persistent drumbeat of a crisis that shows no sign of abating that is leading APA to sound the alarm: We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.
There is no question: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the lives of all Americans, and it will continue to do so. It has disrupted work, education, health care, the economy, and relationships, with some groups more negatively impacted than others.
The sheer magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis is hard to fathom. As of the published date of this report, the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has topped 215,000 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. This is more Americans than died in World War I (116,516 deaths1), the Vietnam War (58,2092), and the Korean War (36,5163) – combined.
Behind this devastating loss of life is immense stress and trauma for friends and families of those who died; for those infected; for those who face long recoveries; and for all Americans whose lives have been thrown into chaos in countless ways, including job loss, financial distress, and uncertain futures for themselves and their nation.” Employers and business owners need to be extremely vigilant to all those around us. www.compasscareer.com; 704-849-2500.