Alone during pandemic: “Human connection bolsters the immune system. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be kind.” – The Washington Post
“A woman, quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, sits in her living room in Wellington, Fla.” (Zak Bennett/AFP/Getty Images)
by Sarah Kaplan
“Don’t go to work. Don’t see your friends. Don’t visit your grandmother in the nursing home. Don’t bring food to your sister who works at a hospital. Don’t hold your wife’s hand while she gives birth. Don’t play together. Don’t pray together. Don’t hug.
“Of the many cruelties of the coronavirus pandemic, this is one of the hardest to accept: In a time when all we want is to be close to the people we care about, closeness is the one thing we can’t have.
“Six feet has never felt farther away.
“Psychologists are worried about the long-term effects of our new, socially distant reality. Decades of research has shown that loneliness and isolation are associated with high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, weakened immune systems and a host of other health issues.”
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