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the coronavirus quarantine has contributed to an increase in demand for prescription tranquilizers and sleeping pills in the United States, while Americans continue to worry about the uncertainty of the disease, according to a new research report.
The biggest spike is prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs, which increased 34.1% from mid-February to mid-March, through the management organization for Express Scripts pharmaceutical services.
From February 16 to March 15, prescriptions for antidepressants increased by 18.6%, while sleeping pills increased by 14.8%.
“This analysis, showing that many Americans are turning to emergency medication, demonstrates the serious impact that COVID-19 can have on the mental health of our country,” said Express Scripts.
On Saturday, the United States had more than 716,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 37,000 deaths.
Protests have erupted in several states – including California, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey – following an extension of home stay orders that will continue next month.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also facing backlash for his perceived inability to recognize the viral threat during his childhood and was accused of being an accomplice to a Chinese Concealment.
President Trump ad Tuesday the United States will stop funding the WHO after the agency put “political correctness on the bailouts”.
Gregg Re of Fox News contributed to this report