Commentary: COVID-19 could worsen depression, divisions in US

The coronavirus outbreak gathering speed around the world is scary enough. Locally, the announcement Wednesday that California had its first COVID-19 death hammered home. But even after (and assuming) the virus ultimately fades away, whether its overall impact is akin to the average annual global deaths from seasonal flu — ranging from 291,000 to 646,000 people — much less than that, or much worse, the outbreak seems certain to worsen an existing American epidemic: the high levels of mental illness linked to technology and/or extreme isolation.