COVID-19 Household Pulse Survey Is Tracking our Mental, Social, and Economic Health During the Pandemic

Almost one year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is clear that the effects of COVID-19 go beyond the numbers of cases and deaths.

How many people are struggling under the stresses of the pandemic? Is mental health suffering as Americans try to manage isolation, worries about jobs, and a constant stream of anxiety-producing headlines? Are they putting their future health at risk by delaying trips to the doctor or avoiding the emergency room when needed?

The Household Pulse Survey is an experimental survey designed to help answer these questions by capturing data in new ways. This survey is a cooperative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, and several other government agencies to provide critical, up-to date information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. population. The Household Pulse Survey is different from other surveys conducted by the Census Bureau since it was designed to be a short-turnaround instrument that provides valuable data to aid in the pandemic recovery.

The Household Pulse Survey is a 20-minute online survey. Participants were selected at random by the Census Bureau with a limited number of addresses from across the country scientifically selected to represent the entire population. The survey is helping to measure the impact of COVID-19 on topics such as:

  • employment status;
  • food security;
  • housing security;
  • education disruptions; and
  • physical and mental wellbeing.

The data collection period for Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey occurred between April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020. Phase 2 data collection occurred between August 19, 2020 and October 26, 2020.  Phase 3 of the Household Pulse Survey began data collection on October 28, 2020 and will run through March 1, 2021. Tabulated data is updated every two weeks.

The following survey questions were asked of participants regarding mental health:

  • At any time in the last 4 weeks, did you take prescription medication to help you with any emotions or with your concentration, behavior, or mental health?
  • At any time in the last 4 weeks, did you receive counseling or therapy from a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or clinical social worker? Include counseling or therapy online or by phone.
  • At any time in the last 4 weeks, did you need counseling or therapy from a mental health professional, but did not get it for any reason?

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness and you are being denied benefits by your insurance provider, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at (800) 446-7529 or use our online contact form. We understand, and we can help

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