A new study by the University of College London (UCL) unveiled that people in mid-adulthood, between the ages of 30 and 59, were more likely to experience stress associated with falling ill as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.
The findings were the subject of a UK-led survey involving more than 60,000 participants. In the survey, researchers asked the participants on how they felt with regards to the lockdown and their overall mental state of well-being.
In the wake of the pandemic, the participants were most worried about falling physically ill with the new coronavirus rather than stressing over their finances or employment.
The age group ranging between 30 to 59 were most stressed with avoiding falling sick to the virus strain, while older adults past 60 years of age were reportedly the participants with the highest levels of well-being.
According to researchers at UCL, there has also been a slight surge in cases of depression and a decrease in anxiety levels among the general public. Younger adults were purportedly lonelier than ever before, a new trend occurring just prior to the pandemic.
“Although this study is not representative of the population, we are pleased that such a large number people are participating in the study and have sent us data. This gives us a snapshot of how people are feeling and coping during the lockdown and allows us to track changes over time as the situation evolves,” said Andrew Steptoe, co-author of the study.
The study is ongoing and participants are still being recruited. Any participants interested in recruitment can visit here to sign-up.