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COVID-19 could impact the mental health of millions in Washington state, experts say

May 8, 2020
By James Drew
The News Tribune

In addition to causing nearly 900 deaths and severe damage to the economy, COVID-19 likely will take a mental health toll on millions of Washington state residents by late this year, a clinical psychologist said Thursday.

“What we are anticipating is that between 2 million to 3 million Washingtonians are going to be adversely affected from a behavioral health perspective by this pandemic, particularly in terms of symptoms of depression,” said Kira Mauseth, who has a doctorate in psychology and is a senior instructor at Seattle University.

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