COVID-19’s mental health toll on health care workers has been documented—but what about public health workers?
A new CDC survey shows that they experienced impacts comparable to other health workers.
Over half (53%) of 26,174 US public health workers reported symptoms of at least 1 mental health condition—including depression, anxiety, PTSD, or suicidal ideation.
- Reporting the most difficulties: Workers ≤29 years, transgender or nonbinary persons of all ages, and those unable to take time off or working ≥41 hours per week.
- Public health workers reported similar prevalence of depression and anxiety to other health care workers—but 10%–20% higher prevalence of PTSD symptoms than other health care workers, frontline personnel, and the general public.
Traumatic events or stressors cited include feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic workload, job-related threats, and feeling bullied, threatened, or harassed.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report