December is the official coronaviruses holiday, and now it’s also the official beginning of appendice-related sign-related stress.
According to a new study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than half of all U.S. adults who get sick from the new virus will find themselves at least a little bit stressed when the outbreak reaches critical mass.
The researchers found that among people who have already been infected, anxiety and depression are higher than the national average.
It’s unclear exactly how the new outbreak will affect stress levels in the United States.
For now, though, there’s a lot of concern about the spread of the virus.
As I’ve previously written, a recent survey found that most Americans still don’t trust government reports on the epidemic.
As Vox’s Chris Mooney writes, the public is “frightened by what’s going on in the country right now, and the fear is that the public will not trust the government, and that’s where the CDC, the CDC’s main arm, comes in.”