Despite good news, you’re not feeling better. There’s a reason why.

Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine, believes that people’s well-being today must be seen in the context of what transpired in the past year, regardless of whether they feel more hopeful with a new administration. “I definitely see the year 2020 as a time of cascading traumas that were almost too much to bear,” Silver said. “We do not know how bad things will get, nor when recovery can truly begin.”