All posts tagged: isolation

Study: Isolation makes us more vulnerable to Covid

A new study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University says that the lockdown and isolation prescribed as the cure for the Coronavirus may instead be making us more vulnerable to the virus. The researchers state that studies have shown that stress make people more susceptible to the flu and other respiratory problem. Similarly, the stress associated with avoiding family and friends may be making us more vulnerable to Covid. Study Finds writes: In other words, the stress one battles from avoiding friends and family and staying home all the time is making them more susceptible to respiratory viruses. This phenomenon hasn’t been proved regarding COVID-19 specifically, but such a relationship has been seen with cold and flu viruses. “We know little about why some of the people exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, are more likely to develop the disease than others. However, our research on psychological factors that predict susceptibility to other respiratory viruses may provide clues to help identify factors that matter for COVID-19,” comments Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at …

So, How Come?

The medical experts say countries need to enforce stay at home orders in order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19. So, how come several US states (Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) decided they wouldn’t do this and are now seeing a decline in COVID-19 deaths without putting thousands out of work? READ: Some states have refused to issue stay-at-home orders for COVID-19. Despite media criticism, their coronavirus projections are improving, too.

Sea of Loneliness

Do you ever feel alone? Or lonely? Sometimes we are alone, other times we feel alone and lonely even while there are people around us. There are times in which we can feel more alone and lonelier in a crowd than by ourselves. We just don’t fit. This not fitting in is mostly okay. But there are times we want to fit in. Times in which we feel invisible. Those times are the tough times. Isolation and loneliness actually have negative consequences on our health. It manifests in our bodies with aches, pains, and illnesses. It affects your mind as it can lead to depression, anxiety, or other mental struggles such as negative images. Isolation can cause poor dietary choices, substance abuse, and sleep problems. Even reality can take on a fantasy-like quality. Here are some practical ways to deal with isolation and loneliness. Know yourself Enjoy yourself Love yourself Seasons come and go Connect on some level Popular is not always better If you want to change, take small steps Don’t devalue yourself Know …