Social isolation is a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s taking a toll on the mental and physical health of many people across the country.
Before the pandemic, several studies pointed to loneliness as a growing public health crisis in America causing serious health consequences. Researchers have found links to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and depression.
The winter season and the pandemic are expected to intensify those feelings.
Joseph Gaugler, professor of long-term care and aging in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health
Cheryl Bemel, licensed psychologist with Allina Health
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