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Covid-19 increased feeling of loneliness among older adults, show poll

A recent study found that staying home and avoiding crowded places helped people reduce their risk of COVID-19, but it was costly. Social contact has also suffered – 46% of older people said in June that they rarely communicate with friends, neighbors or family members outside their home. “As the pandemic continues, it is imperative to pay attention to how we, as a society, support the social and emotional needs of older people,” says John Piette, a school professor. UM public health official who worked with the study team.

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