Over 85% of elderly carers in Hong Kong showed signs of depression amid Covid-19, survey finds

More than 80 per cent of caregivers who look after the elderly in Hong Kong indicated signs of depression during the fifth and deadliest wave of Covid-19 in the city to date, a survey has found.

An elderly and her caretaker photographed outside the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. File photo: Hillary Leung / HKFP.

Hong Kong Christian Service on Tuesday announced the findings of an online questionnaire conducted between April 11 and 22. They asked people who looked after seniors to indicate the state of their mental health as the city’s daily Covid-19 caseload and related deaths declined after peaking in March.

Among the 287 valid responses collected, 85.1 per cent said they had mild to serious symptoms of depression. Close to 10 per cent of the respondents said they thought they “would be better off dead,” or had considered self-harm.

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