Category Archives: Social distancing

COVID-19: The downside of social distancing

Social distancing, while essential for public health during the coronavirus pandemic, thwarts the human impulse to draw together in times of danger. When faced with danger, humans draw closer together. Social distancing thwarts this impulse. Professor Ophelia Deroy from Ludwigs-Maximilians … Continue reading

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The neurobiology of social distance: Why loneliness may be the biggest threat to survival and longevity

Study explores the wide-ranging, negative effects of social isolation on both psychological and physiological well-being. Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. A new paper published in the … Continue reading

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Mental health during the COVID-19: Effects of stay-at-home and social distancing

Social distancing is the most visible public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its implications for mental health are unknown. In a nationwide online sample of 435 U.S. adults, conducted in March 2020 as the pandemic accelerated and states implemented … Continue reading

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The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health

Adolescence (the stage between 10 and 24 years) is a period of life characterised by heightened sensitivity to social stimuli and the increased need for peer interaction. The physical distancing measures mandated globally to contain the spread of COVID-19 are … Continue reading

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