For those who’ve been feeling a bit of sad currently, you’re not alone.
In line with a brand new Provincial COVID-19 Distress Index from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, British Columbia ranks as one in all Canada’s most depressing provinces.
The index considers pandemic-related elements corresponding to sluggish or poor response from authorities, misplaced jobs, and the unfold of illness and dying from the virus itself.
Divided into three major classes, the index captures “illness distress,” “response distress,” and “financial distress” impacts in every province by measuring 11 key metrics.
Metrics additionally embody circumstances of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, the variety of deaths associated to the virus, the variety of folks receiving a vaccination, restrictive public well being measures, and modifications in unemployment, amongst others.
“Not surprisingly, the distress from COVID-19 has hit hardest within the provinces which have skilled the best incidence charges of the virus,” reads the report.
BC ranked because the fourth most depressing province, incomes a “C+” rating, whereas Ontario and Quebec got here in second and third for unhappiness, respectively.
As for probably the most depressing province within the nation, that designation goes to Alberta — the province earned a “D” rating.
The Maritime provinces fared the perfect, and Prince Edward Island was rated least depressing with an “A+” rating, adopted by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
BC’s scores had been unfold evenly between financial distress (31.3%), illness distress (34.06%), and response distress (34.64%). Excessive scores had been acquired in unemployment change over 2020, in addition to extra mortality.
At a nationwide degree, Canada ranked because the fifth most depressing out of 15 international locations all over the world, whereas the US got here in seventh for unhappiness.
Spain scored the best within the world rankings, incomes the title of the least completely happy nation on the COVID-19 Distress Index.