May 15, 2022
What made America's COVID death toll even worse: The gnawing pain of human separation
From social distancing to vaccine disputes to the inability to be with loved ones in their final hours, isolation was a key symptom of the pandemic. "Many people have not been able to spend time at the bedside in a hospital or long-term care facility, and that is very unusual for human beings – not to be able to provide that care," said University of Arizona associate professor of psychology Mary-Frances O'Connor. "People I have been doing research with just tell me, 'It feels like it hasn’t sunk in. She was here, and now she's not here, and I didn't get to see anything in between.'"