Coronavirus (1209) The World Happiness Report 2021

1 April, 2021

Extracts below. Full report: https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2021/overview-life-under-covid-19/

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The World Happiness Report 2021 focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared. Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others.

Overview: Life under COVID-19

2020 has been a year like no other. This whole report focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared. Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people's lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others...

The pandemic's worst effect has been the 2 million deaths from COVID-19 in 2020. A rise of nearly 4% in the annual number of deaths worldwide represents a serious social welfare loss.

For the living there has been greater economic insecurity, anxiety, disruption of every aspect of life, and, for many people, stress and challenges to mental and physical health...

#Happiness, trust, and deaths under COVID-19 (Chapter 2)

There has been surprising resilience in how people rate their lives overall. The Gallup World Poll data are confirmed for Europe by the separate Eurobarometer surveys and several national surveys...

#COVID-19 Prevalence and Well-being: Lessons from East Asia (Chapter 3)

East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand's success are explained in detail as a case study in Chapter 3. The chapter describes country by country, the workings of test and trace and isolate, and travel bans to ensure that the virus never got out of control. It also analyses citizens' responses, stressing that policy can be effective when citizens are compliant (as in East Asia) and more freedom-oriented (as in Australia and New Zealand). In East Asia, as elsewhere, the evidence shows that people's morale improves when the government acts...

#Reasons for Asia-Pacific Success in Suppressing COVID-19 (Chapter 4)

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved notable success compared to the North Atlantic region in controlling the pandemic...

#Mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic (Chapter 5)

Mental health has been one of the casualties both of the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. As the pandemic struck, there was a large and immediate decline in mental health in many countries worldwide...

#Social Connections and Well-being during COVID-19 (Chapter 6)

One major element in COVID-19 policy has been physical distancing or self-isolation, posing a significant challenge for people's social connections, vital for their happiness. People whose feeling of connectedness fell had decreased happiness, as did people whose sense of loneliness increased and whose social support was reduced...

#Work and Well-being During COVID-19: Impact, Inequalities, Resilience, and the Future of Work (Chapter 7)

Global GDP is estimated to have shrunk by roughly 5% in 2020, representing the largest economic crisis in a generation...

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org