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COVID-19 and Social Distancing Study


Dr. Daisy Fancourt at University College London (UCL) is conducting a study to explore the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing on mental health. In partnership with UCL, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and Americans for the Arts Action Fund are extending the study to the U.S. This study tracks mental health on a weekly basis, and investigates what activities – including arts and culture activities - may mitigate against mental health decline within social distancing measures.

Once 10,000 people have enrolled in the study in the US, results will be made publicly available on a weekly basis so public health and other researchers, practitioners and educators, and everyone, can have up-to-date information to apply immediately. Please share the study through your professional and social networks, participate yourself, and encourage others to share it as well. You can access more information and a link to the survey here.

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