To help you and communities everywhere, we launched our healthie™ COVID-19 Stress Monitor in April 2020. This provides individuals with a platform to voice how they have been impacted by social isolation, a changing global economy, job instability, and the disruption of daily routines. The Stress Monitor consists of a few simple questions about how you are feeling, and your concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our aggregated results shown below will be updated regularly, as we are committed to helping communities understand the effects of the pandemic on our mental wellbeing. Our hope is this data can be used to inform the national response to COVID-19.
Across the globe, there are still many countries where the data is limited. You can help us develop more meaningful data for your state, region, province or country by taking the Stress Monitor and encouraging your friends and neighbors to take it as well. We invite you to use this online tool to check in as often as you like, whether you are still in social isolation, or as you return to your daily routines.
Please note that results are continually being added to. The charts and observations presented are for informational purposes only, and may shift as we gain more information. Last updated: 09-09-2020
Our average respondent scored as being ‘High’ stress more often than not. Female respondents were less likely to score as being 'Low' stress compared to male respondents but generally, distribution of stress scores did not differ greatly based on gender. Over the past few months, average stress levels of all respondents have fluctuated between 'High' and 'Moderate'.
Concerns for their family’s health and travel limitations were the top 2 issues picked by both highly stressed and less stressed individuals. The cost of COVID-19 testing and treatment was least often picked. Both groups were more often concerned with finances, employment, and personal health rather than access to either healthcare, food and goods or medication, and child or elder care.
Family’s health, travel limitations, finances, employment, and personal health are consistently the top concerns on people’s minds. Meanwhile, concerns over the cost of COVID-19 treatment, access to goods and medications, access to healthcare concerns about child or elder care are less consistent from our respondents over time.
People were asked to indicate if they found their news sources for COVID-19 to be confusing, helpful, both or neither.
In the lefttop chart, we show which news sources were used by people who said they found their sources confusing (yellow) versus people who found their news sources helpful (blue). Reading news sites and watching TV are equally popular sources for news between the two groups, but social media and word of mouth were less frequently consumed by those who did not feel confused by COVID-19 news.
In the rightbottom chart, we show which news sources were used by people who were highly stressed versus less stressed. In yellow - highly stressed - are people who scored ‘High’ on the Stress Monitor. In blue – less stressed - are people who had ‘Moderate’ or ‘Low’ stress. Less stressed people consumed less COVID-19 news from social media compared to news sites and TV. High stress individuals consumed just as much COVID-19 news from social media as from news site and TV.