In a recent study published in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers evaluate the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the mental well-being of United Kingdom residents.
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak-related lockdowns and social isolation measures have profoundly affected the psychiatric well-being of individuals. SARS-CoV-2 containment policies have changed people’s lives, impacted their psychological well-being, and may have increased distress. Thus, it is critical to assess the impact of COVID-19 on mental health to make educated judgments regarding government action and future pandemics.
Understanding the extent of the pandemic’s impact on socioeconomically diverse populations is critical for informing policy and mitigating its negative impacts. Previous research has concentrated on documenting the pandemic’s population impact and inequities, with limited studies addressing the moderators driving the pandemic’s consequences for mental health.