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When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., the primary focus was on the physical impact of the disease. While physical health is undeniably important, it’s time to think about the effect on mental health.

In a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 45% of adults said that their mental health has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis. According to research by SHRM, 22 to 35% of workers have often experienced symptoms of depression as a result of the pandemic. Since the pandemic struck, employees’ work-related worries have increased, with 40% of respondents reporting feeling hopeless, burned out, or exhausted.

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