Should you’ve been feeling a bit of sad these days, you’re not alone.
In accordance with a brand new Provincial COVID-19 Distress Index from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Alberta is Canada’s most depressing province.
The index considers pandemic-related components resembling sluggish or poor response from authorities, misplaced jobs, and the unfold of illness and demise from the virus itself.
Divided into three fundamental classes, the index captures “illness distress,” “response distress,” and “financial distress” impacts in every province by measuring 11 key metrics.
Metrics embody circumstances of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, the variety of deaths associated to the virus, variety of folks receiving a vaccination, restrictive public well being measures, and adjustments in unemployment, amongst others.
“Not surprisingly, the distress from COVID-19 has hit hardest within the provinces which have skilled the very best incidence charges of the virus,” reads the report.
Alberta ranked as essentially the most depressing province within the nation, incomes a “D” rating, whereas Ontario and Quebec got here in second and third for unhappiness, respectively.
British Columbia positioned because the fourth most depressing province, with a “C+”.
The Maritime provinces fared the most effective, and Prince Edward Island was rated least depressing with an “A+” rating, adopted by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Alberta was hit the toughest within the “financial distress” part, receiving excessive scores in every of the class’s components besides GDP change. The province did barely higher for “response distress,” with a very low distress rating within the variety of vaccinations per inhabitants.
Below the “illness distress” part, Alberta obtained excessive distress scores for each circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants and extra mortality.
At a nationwide degree, Canada ranked because the fifth most depressing out of 15 nations all over the world, whereas the US got here in seventh for unhappiness.
Spain scored the very best within the world rankings, incomes the title of the least glad nation on the COVID-19 Distress Index.