Researchers in the US have studied the impact on mental health after getting the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
It is extremely important to get the vaccine for COVID-19. It prevents serious infections, hospitalisation with the disease, and even death. But, do you know COVID vaccines have another benefit? As per a new study conducted in the US, it helps improve mental health. The study was published Wednesday in the journal PLoS, in which the scientists of the University of South California concluded that the mental health of those suffering from mild to severe depression improved slightly after getting the first dose of the vaccine.
Mental health in the US, like in the rest of the world, had worsened considerably due to the pandemic. As per the data, in the summer of 2020, 4 in 10 in America reported dealing with mental health issues or substance abuse. Before the pandemic, this number was 1 in 10. The team of researchers at the University of South California studies the effect on mental health after the first dose of the COVID vaccine. They studied 8,003 individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, from December 2020, when the US rolled out the vaccine, till March this year.
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Here are the various aspects of the study:
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The scientists haven’t pointed to one single reason but said that a combination of reasons seems to work here.
As the novel coronavirus wreaked havoc across the world, the world community worked at a rapid pace to develop the vaccine. As of now, more than a dozen vaccines are being administered across the world. As per the latest count, more than 5.5 billion doses have been administered across the world. However, this is still way far from getting the entire world population vaccinated in order to rein in the pandemic.
As far as the US is concerned, the country started its mass-vaccination program on December 14, last year. Administering the vaccine doses at a rapid pace, it has fully vaccinated more than 50% of its population. This makes it among the front-runners in the race to get the entire population jabbed.
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