A new study found that adults with moderate depressive symptoms are more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
This study examined information from 15,464 adults from all 50 states in the U.S.
Depression is on the rise
This study found that levels of depression are at least 3 times higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are depressed are more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Read more about it here.
People with moderate or greater major depressive symptoms are more likely to believe at least one of four false statements about COVID-19 vaccines.
Those who agreed with the statements are also less likely to be vaccinated.
The researchers hope that, “by addressing the extremely high levels of depression in this country during COVID, we might decrease people’s susceptibility to misinformation.”
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