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Daily coronavirus briefing: Confusing pandemic messaging is causing stress and depression

Poynter, Sept. 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Daily coronavirus briefing: Confusing pandemic messaging is causing stress and depression

A new University of California Irvine study of 6,500 people says Americans are increasingly stressed out and the often-conflicting information you pass along is a contributing factor. A release that accompanied the study summarized: The research highlights the connection between mental health and exposure to media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting the need to step away from the television, computer or smartphone to protect psychological well-being. The research found that younger people reported higher stress and COVID-related depression than older adults, even though the older population is more vulnerable to the virus.