42 pct of Israeli adults suffer stress, anxiety amid COVID-19 crisis: survey

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JERUSALEM, July 26 (Xinhua) — A high rate of 42 percent of Israeli adults suffer stress and anxiety amid the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, according to a survey released by the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday.

The survey was conducted by the bureau, Israel’s National Security Council and the Prime Minister’s Office between July 12 and 16.

The purpose of the survey was to provide essential data for decision-makers regarding the civil resilience of the Israeli public amid the coronavirus crisis.

It was found that about 2.4 million Israelis aged 21 and over feel stress and anxiety amid the crisis.

This is a significant increase compared to 33 percent who suffered from stress and anxiety in a previous survey conducted in May.

In addition, 26 percent of the survey participants said their mental state had worsened during the crisis, compared to 20 percent in the previous survey.

It is worth noting that 24 percent said their children’s emotional state had worsened.

In addition, 8.5 percent revealed that their health worsened during the crisis, while 21 percent reported depression and 19 percent loneliness.

The survey also found 65 percent of adults are worried about getting infected with the coronavirus.

Besides, 55 percent feared that it would be difficult for them to cover their expenses, while 41 percent said their economic situation had worsened. Enditem

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