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Coronavirus: Shocking toll of pandemic on Australians, as survey finds more than half are stressed by outbreak

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 15/04/2020 Natalie Oliveri

a traffic light on a city street: A lone man crosses the usually busy now empty Flinders Street on April 15, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. © Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images A lone man crosses the usually busy now empty Flinders Street on April 15, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Social distancing rules and lockdowns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic are causing more than half of all Australians to feel stress.

It's the first insight of just how the virus is affecting our mental health, with isolation and worries around money the top causes.

A staggering 57 per cent of respondents said they were feeling the toll of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around Australia

The online survey was conducted by research company YouGov and reached more than 2000 people across Australia, from last Thursday to Easter Monday.

The results show 77 per cent of people are stressed about not seeing their family; 71 per cent were unhappy about not seeing friends and 60 per cent were worried about not being able to pay their bills.

Nearly half of the respondents – 49 per cent – said they feared losing their job; 48 per cent were concerned about not being able to feed their family and 38 per cent were stressed about potentially losing their home.

Millennials were the most stressed of any generation while older Australians reported their relationships were doing ok amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions has been pledged to mental health charities however, to help Australians cope.

Fear about jobs is among the reasons for the worry.

New data shows that one in five Australians have purchased more alcohol than they normally would over this crisis. 

And 70 per cent are drinking more than they normally would.

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The Treasury has estimated 1.4 million Australians will be unemployed by June, a startling figure of 10 per cent but lower than some had first feared.

In its latest forecast, the International Monetary Fund predicted the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The IMF said today that it expects the global economy to shrink three per cent this year — far worse than its 0.1 per cent dip in the Great Recession year of 2009 — before rebounding in 2021 with 5.8 per cent growth.

On Wednesday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stressed the importance of the $320 billion bailout financial packages announced by the government since the pandemic.

"Australia's support packages are much greater than those from a number of countries around the world," Mr Frydenberg said.

More than 64000 Australians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 63 people losing their lives to the virus.


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