September 22, 2020 12:36
The government is considering allocating a specific disease code for depression induced by the protracted coronavirus epidemic as more and more people complain of "coronavirus blues."
Job search portal Incruit conducted a series straw polls on the blues. In April, 54.7 percent complained of depression, but the rate increased to 69.2 percent in June, when quarantine measures were eased, and rose even further to 71.6 percent this month amid a second lockdown in the capital region.
Incruit asked respondents to score their depression on a scale of 0 to 100, with the latter signifying "wholly positive." The average in April stood at 49.1 and soared to 67.2 at present.
Asked if they felt increasingly depressed as the epidemic drags on, 90.4 percent this month said yes.
The portal also pointed to changing symptoms. In April, 22.9 percent complained of boredom and lethargy due to the lockdown. In June, 16.5 percent cited a decline in jobs and 13.9 percent a drop in earnings as reasons for their depression, while in the latest survey, they were feelings of helplessness (16.2 percent) and isolation (14.5 percent).
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