Coronavirus’s Attack on Generation Z’s Mental Health

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Gracie Ellis, Staff Writer

The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine caused by it is sure to have lasting effects for a long time. With the combined effects of massive death counts, financial losses, and lingering fear of illness, we can not imagine what life after the pandemic will look like. For a generation ranging from young teens to young adults suddenly thrown into a life of fear in quarantine, Generation Z is faced with the possibility of long term mental issues.

People who are part of Generation Z, which includes anyone born between the years 1997 and 2012, have statistically higher rates of having mental issues, including depression and anxiety, than other generations. With coronavirus causing a long lasting quarantine, and public places being wary of opening back to the public in fear of a Covid-19 breakout, people have experienced high levels of stress and anxiety. Generation Z is made up of young adults and teenagers, who were dropped into a highly stressful situation and are now watching death counts rise day by day, while still trying to obtain a slightly normal situation and continue with schooling, working, and other necessities.

Currently many Gen Zers are transitioning into adulthood, and as most people in the age range are looking for or already have jobs, the pandemic cut off many job prospects. If people were able to get a job, the threat of being exposed to the virus created the stress of being exposed to the virus, even if it is less likely that they will be hurt by the effects of Covid-19. Due to the pandemic, over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment, and with the combined effects of many people either being unable to find a job or losing their job, Gen Z is faced with the aftermath of losing out on the beginning of their careers and being unable to make money. With the possibility of getting Covid-19 and being unemployed, Gen Z is faced with massive disadvantages in life after quarantine.

Another threat to Gen Z’s mental health during quarantine is being faced with news, partially about BLM protests, in which many Gen Zers are participating in response to police brutality and racism. Gen Z have seen terrifying news about many different things, from mass shootings to the terrible after effects of natural disasters, but as Gen Z has the highest rates of anxiety and depression among other generations, the pandemic has put even more stress on people already weighed down by stress.

With all of this stress, what will life after Coronavirus look like? Generation Z already has a history of overbearing mental illness, and with rising stress in quarantine, they have to learn how to maintain their everyday lives through the weight of stress that the current state of the world has caused for this generation. Luckily, Gen Z is doing well to continue past this part of life. Many Gen Zers are starting online and in person schooling, and many are striving for a normal future after the virus.