New study finds COVID-19 pandemic hits low income population the hardest

Mental health difficulties, especially loneliness and stress, were other reported effects of the pandemic on low income people in Calgary. Almost 90 per cent of people interviewed said their stress had increased due to the pandemic, with just over 80 per cent reporting a worse quality of life. Despite the creation of government support programs, only 30 per cent of those interviewed were able to access CERB due to barriers in the system. Mental health difficulties, especially loneliness and stress, were other reported effects of the pandemic on low income people in Calgary. Almost 90 per cent of people interviewed said their stress had increased due to the pandemic, with just over 80 per cent reporting a worse quality of life. Despite the creation of government support programs, only 30 per cent of those interviewed were able to access CERB due to barriers in the system.