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Social activity can be good for mental health, but whether you benefit depends on how many friends you have

Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn't enough time to nurture relationships.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

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.
In order to contain a deadly virus, the COVID Alert app needs to go viral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The second wave is here. Have you installed the COVID Alert app?

Ironically, to encourage people to download the COVID Alert app, we need viral processes as we attempt to contain an actual virus. And that's a challenge when we're socially isolated.
Many disabled people are facing difficulties maintaining and forming intimate relationships during COVID-19. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 has isolated disabled people from family, love, sex

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.
In healthy older people, loneliness has a pattern of stress response similar to that of people who are under chronic stress. Justin Paget via Getty Images

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.
People gather on the rocks outside the famous Fogo Island Inn, part of a social enterprise aimed at helping local communities hit hard by the collapse of the cod industry. (Alex Fradkin, courtesy of Shorefast/Fogo Island Inn)

Fogo Island shows how social enterprises can help rebuild communities post-coronavirus

Social enterprises like the one in Fogo Island, N.L., offer hope in a world turned upside down by the current pandemic.

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