Politics IS bad for your health: 'Election fever' may leave you in hospital as ... trends now

Politics IS bad for your health: 'Election fever' may leave you in hospital as ... trends now

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Election fever is gripping the nation — and it may actually leave some people in hospital, a study suggests.

Researchers found demand for healthcare services rose by up to 19 per cent among first-time voters during major election campaigns.

There was a marked increase in chest pain, acute respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal conditions and even physical injuries.

The researchers believed the illnesses were mainly due to the stress of choosing who to vote for, and anxiety from being surrounded by political ads during the election campaign.

They said the condition should be known as 'election syndrome' or 'election stress disorder'.

Stress and anxiety caused by elections can land people in hospital, the researchers claim

Stress and anxiety caused by elections can land people in hospital, the researchers claim

Rishi Sunak risked catching a different type of fever by announcing the July 4 election in the pouring rain

Rishi Sunak risked catching a different type of fever by announcing the July 4 election in the pouring rain

Being relentlessly bombarded by political spin may lead to fatigue and weakened immunity, the researchers said, making voters more susceptible to infections like Covid.

Voters became more likely to pick up contagious diseases due to queues at polling booths, and some may have suffered injuries while attending crowded political rallies or protests.

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