Helping News                                                   January, 2022   Issue 155

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in mental distress around the world.

A recent study in the United States concludes that getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine significantly improved mental health.

Specifically, the researchers investigated the link between receiving a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and short-term improvements in mental health.

The results may help explain how pandemic-related stressors exacerbate mental health distress and how vaccines help out.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disturbed vital aspects of people’s lives — finances, work, socialization — potentially affecting their mental health. This resulted in an increase in mental distress in people in many countries of the world.

One study shows that levels of mental distress went up in the U.S. around March 2020 and only returned to pre-pandemic levels in August 2020.

ResearchersTrusted Source attribute this trend to various factors, including fear about the pandemic’s impact on the economy, concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases, and physical distancing measures.

With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, a group of scientists embarked on a study to compare mental health improvements in people who received a vaccine with the improvements in those who did not. The results appear in the journal PLOSONE Trusted Source.

The scientists conclude that “getting the first dose of COVID-19 [vaccine] resulted in significant improvements in mental health, beyond improvements already achieved since mental distress peaked in the spring of 2020.”

Lead study collaborator, Dr. Francisco Perez-Arce, an economist at USC in Washington, described the study, which began in March 2020, to Medical News Today.

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