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The COVID-19 pandemic increased social isolation and stress—affecting the behavioral health of many Americans. Data suggests higher rates of anxiety and depression symptoms, and more substance use among many adults, as a result.
The CARES Act requires GAO to look at the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine development. Vaccines prepare the body to respond quickly to an infection and play a key role in keeping people and global communities healthy.
When COVID-19 vaccines became available, the federal government sent most doses to states to distribute but also set up its own vaccine distribution programs.
State and local health officials said the federal programs helped higher-risk groups get vaccinated.
People from various racial and ethnic groups may experience health disparities—preventable differences in health outcomes. Discrimination, economic instability, and lack of health care access are some of the factors that can contribute to these disparities.
If you were near a person who later tests positive for an infectious disease, an exposure notification app can let you know. These apps allow for more rapid and broader contact tracing—ideally helping to slow disease spread.
About half of the U.S.
While COVID-19 cases have declined in recent months, the U.S. is still experiencing serious economic and public health repercussions due to the pandemic. In our 7th comprehensive report, we found more ways to improve federal programs related to the pandemic and other future emergencies.
COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the 1.4 million residents who live in nursing homes in the U.S.
We looked at the frequency and duration of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes from May 2020 through January 2021.
How has the need for and availability of services for mental health and substance use disorders changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Evidence suggests these conditions increased while access to care decreased.