The best medicine for COVID-19 might turn out to be your best friend.
Researchers from The University of Melbourne set out to discover who was coping best with pandemic induced stress.
They studied over 3500 twins and triplets from across Australia.
The University of Melbourne’s Professor John Hopper says people who are in close relationships with siblings or partners seem to have a more optimistic outlook, are more resilient and report less impact on their mental health.
“Close social relationships – whether family, friends or house mates – are having a big impact on people’s positive or negative experiences. We’ve been required to bunker down into smaller social groups than we’re used to, and to rely on them like never before,” Professor Hopper said.
The study also found that a third of participants reported a decline in their mental health during the pandemic and women were affected more than men.
Professor Hopper said he hoped the findings would help guide decision-making related to public health services, support and outcomes.
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