Certain coping strategies can help offset pandemic’s mental health hits.

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to negative mental health effects for many in the U.S., according to new Penn State research. But the researchers also found that some coping techniques — like wearing masks and focusing on self-care — were linked with positive mental health.

Erina MacGeorge, professor of communication arts and sciences, said the results — recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — may give clues about how people can