● 4 out of 10 American adults know at least one person who died of COVID-19, including 7% who know 3 or more people who died.
● 15% of American adults report that a family member died of COVID-19.
● Black and Hispanic adults are more likely than others to know someone who died of COVID-19 (46% and 45%, respectively, versus 38% for White and 36% for Asian respondents).
● About 1 in 4 U.S. adults (27%) report moderate or greater symptoms of depression, generally similar to rates throughout the pandemic.
● These rates of depression are highest among those 18-24, lowest among those 65 and older.
● Rates of depression vary substantially by state, from a low of 20% to a high of 32%. They remain highest among those who identify politically as Independents, followed by Democrats and then Republicans.
● Among those with a family member who died, rates of depression were 31% compared to 26% among those without a family member who died; these effects were not explained by differences in age, gender, race and ethnicity, income, or U.S. region.
● There are two hopeful observations in our data. First, while rates of depression remain higher among adults in households with children compared to those without, this difference has progressively diminished, and is now less than 5%.
● Second, rates of suicidal thoughts have steadily diminished since May 2021, although nearly 1 in 5 adults (19%) still reports such thoughts.