For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities.
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Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
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For the areas of cities with less than 10% green space, increasing that to 30% could cut the overall odds of residents becoming lonely by a quarter.
Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too.
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Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
Pubs are recognised as important assets to their communities, providing economic and social value alike.
AIs are no substitute for human contact, but they can diminish loneliness.
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AI chatbots can provide mental health support for people who are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across Europe, intensified loneliness is associated with a six- to ten-fold increase in worsened depressed mood, anxiety symptoms and sleep problems.
Families can prioritize learning more healthy ways to eat.
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Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.
Earth from the ISS.
We can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation during lockdown.
Hearing voices that are threatening or critical can be frightening and disruptive to daily life.
People who hear voices are six times more likely to feel lonely.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions.
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It’s draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
Recent findings from social neuroscience show us how we can make virtual interactions almost as beneficial as real world ones.
Lockdowns have a key role in controlling COVID-19 but we must be aware of the risks of isolating people who are vulnerable to suicidal distress.
Some children are not socially engaging with their peers in the way they did before the pandemic. It’s understandable if parents are worried.
Many who are lonely will overlook their own emerging signs of loneliness in hope these feelings will go away once around other people.
Many disabled people are facing difficulties maintaining and forming intimate relationships during COVID-19.
Even before the pandemic, disabled people reported feeling socially isolated and lonely. Their plight has only been exacerbated by responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Loneliness affects one in three people in the industrialized world, with racialized groups disproportionately bearing the burden.
Pluralism — the active process of inclusion — could reduce disparities in some of the most pressing health issues of our time.
Humans are astonishingly flexible and resilient through times of crisis. We can find creative ways to connect with people while still reducing the immediate risk.
The pandemic has left holes in all our lives.
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Even those of us spared the worst of COVID-19 are missing our favorite pastimes, places and people. But pleasure can also take unexpected new forms in a pandemic.
During coronavirus lockdowns, gardens have served as an escape from feelings of alienation.
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What drives people to garden isn’t the fear of hunger so much as hunger for physical contact – and a longing to engage in work that is real.
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Amid emotional devastation and uncertainty, coronavirus is providing the potential for more connectedness, and for radically changing the meanings of community itself.