The Unbearable Loneliness of the COVID Crisis

The Unbearable Loneliness of the COVID Crisis
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Before the rise of COVID-19, scores of articles and reports surfaced about our loneliness epidemic. Now we have a window into Americans’ mental health, loneliness, and feelings of isolation. 

It’s not a pretty picture.

New data collected during the height of the lockdowns through the AEI COVID-19 and American Life Survey indicate that overall, more than a third (36%) of Americans report feeling lonely or isolated. Overall, women (39%) are more likely to report these feelings than men (34%). Thirty-five percent of adults living without children under 18 but not living alone report feeling lonely or isolated, along with 34% of those who live alone. And the picture for parents is even more bleak. 

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