The double pandemic of social isolation and COVID-19: Cross-sector policy must address both

Heal Aff Blog

The struggle to balance literal survival with all the things that make surviving worthwhile has never been so clear, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to sacrifice social connections – and therefore quality of life – for life itself. And yet, as I wrote in a recent Health Affairs policy brief, Social Isolation and Health (released June 22, 2020), being socially connected in meaningful ways is actually key to human health and survival.

Holt-Lunstad J. The double pandemic of social isolation and COVID-19: Cross-sector policy must address both. Heal Aff Blog. 2020. doi:10.1377/hblog20200609.53823

Publication Year: 
2020
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Social Determinant of Health: 
Social Support/Social Isolation
Screening Research: 
No
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