New survey shows how COVID-19 is impacting basic needs, mental health, and social supports in King County
The coronavirus pandemic has brought dramatic changes to our lives – beyond the illness and death directly caused by the virus. Rising unemployment, increased needs for food assistance, and remote schooling are all economic and social impacts of COVID-19 that go beyond the daily counts of new cases or deaths.
The overall results are concerning. 1 in 4 respondents said that COVID-19 impacted their ability to pay for essentials like rent/mortgage, utilities or groceries. About 1 in 6 of survey respondents said that sometimes, their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. This was particularly a challenge for people of color. 1 in 10 people said they needed medications but couldn’t get them because of COVID-19. And 1 in 4 adults shared that they had experienced poor mental health on at least 14 days in the past month. Read more.