An international team of researchers led by the University of Southern California discovered evidence that individuals who received the COVID-19 vaccine had less stress thereafter and observed changes in their mental health as a consequence. It has been uploaded on the open-access website PLOS ONE, in which the team describes their year-long survey effort and what they discovered as a result of their research endeavors. A long-term study created at USC to monitor the effect of the pandemic on mental health in the United States was being carried out by the researchers. They were taking part in the Understanding America Study. For the first phase of the study, more than 8,000 questionnaires were sent out to individuals all across the nation, with questions designed to determine whether or not the epidemic was having an effect on people’s overall mental health. Following the epidemic, the majority of those polled have reported feeling anxious or depressed to some degree, according to the data collected via surveys. Throughout the epidemic, the team has maintained contact with the same individuals by sending questionnaires every two weeks. This has allowed them to track changes in their mental health over time. A recent study questioned respondents about the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine on their mental health, and the results revealed that there had been no negative effects. The researchers discovered that those who participated in the study had a 15 percent reduction in the probability of feeling extremely sad after receiving the vaccine, as well as a 4 percent drop in the likelihood of feeling just moderately depressed after receiving the vaccine. The researchers also estimate that, based on their data, it is probable that 1 million individuals have experienced a decrease in mental anguish as a result of receiving a vaccination. In addition, the researchers believe their data shows that being vaccinated against COVID-19 does more than simply protect individuals against infection; it also significantly lowers the dread and anxiety people experience when they think they may be exposed to the virus. It’s also possible that there’s more to the tale, as the researchers point out that they did not question the respondents about decreases in stress and anxiety as a result of loved ones getting vaccines. They also point out that the entire research is still in its early stages, and that additional questionnaires will be sent to assess how individuals are feeling about the possibility of infection by variations, as well as how they may feel after getting booster injections.
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