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Written on 27 Jul 2020

Covid-19 and subjective wellbeing during lockdown

New research using YouGov weekly mood surveys and weekly cross-country data from Google Trends shows clear negative impact on mental health from #COVIDー19 pandemic, but lockdown measures are mostly associated with improvements in subjective well-being.

The coronavirus outbreak caused life satisfaction to fall sharply, but lockdown went a long way to restoring contentment – even reducing the “wellbeing inequality” between well-off professionals and the unemployed, according to a new study. 

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Lockdown may be the single most effective action a government can take during a pandemic to maintain psychological welfare.

Dr Roberto Foa