With physical distancing, more people report loneliness and social isolation. Pre-COVID-19, 1 in 5 people felt lonely and isolated, which can seriously impact mental and physical health. COVID makes this a bigger challenge.
To combat this, call family and friends; use social media and the Internet; check in with neighbors (stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering); smile, wave, and say hi. Volunteering can help, too.
More information at: https://www.nihcm.org/categories/managing-loneliness