“How many people do you know
— and maybe some in this audience
— who because of what you’ve been through
, a loss of a husband
, vrou, broer, moeder, vader, seun, wat ook al, or you’ve had something that’s really impacted you with Covid
, that you really find yourself just down
?” Biden told Anderson Cooper at a CNN Town Hall.
But he urged those struggling with mental health issues, perhaps exacerbated by the pandemic and lockdowns, to seek help.
“There’s plenty of help,” the President said. “Kyk, being down, having some problem in terms of needing some, some advice — if you have a broken spirit, it’s no different than a broken arm. You shouldn’t be ashamed of it. You should seek the help. There’s a lot of people who can help.”
The President said that many Americans are reluctant to return to work because of concerns about Covid-19. He also said many people are rethinking minimum-wage or low-paying jobs.
“People are now using this as an opportunity to say, ‘Wait a minute, do I want to go back to that $ 7 an hour job?'”
The Delta variant of Covid-19, which is more transmissible and may cause more severe illness than previous strains, has ripped through parts of the country with low vaccination rates for months, though cases have decreased in recent weeks. Biden and health officials have repeatedly pleaded with unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them.
Biden said last week the nation was “headed in the right direction” on Covid but that the country is now is a “very critical period” as he urged unvaccinated Americans to get the shot.