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Socially distancing = loneliness, isolation, illness, and despair.

Another one in case you are not convinced.

Although there’s been no time to study the effects of social distancing related specifically to the coronavirus, we know a great deal about the impact of social isolation on mental and physical health. It’s often experienced as highly stressful, and the stress can become toxic. Isolation, particularly when it causes loneliness, increases the risk of anxiety and depression. Social isolation has the equivalent adverse impact on physical health to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s a greater threat to health than obesity, and is linked to an increased risk of a wide variety of health problems. In an interesting study highly relevant to our current situation, students who reported higher levels of loneliness responded less powerfully to flu vaccinations. Kenneth E. Miller Ph.D., Psychology Today

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