Depression diagnosis in Brazil increased by 40% during lockdowns and isolation measures

The SARS-CoV-2 crisis has significantly worsened the health of Brazilians. Depression is only the tip of the iceberg.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The percentage of people diagnosed with depression in Brazil has increased by more than 40% during the Covid-19 pandemic, from 9.6% in the period before the health crisis to 13.5% in the first quarter of this year.

The data released today (27) come from the Telephone Survey of Non-communicable Chronic Disease Risk Factors in Times of Pandemic (Covitel), developed by the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) in collaboration with the nongovernmental organization Vital Strategies.

For the study, 9 thousand interviews were conducted by telephone from January to March, half of them by . . .

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