Why are we calling it ‘social distancing’? Right now, we need social connections more than ever

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 06:42:52 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The so-called social distancing measures seek to limit the spread of
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, by reducing
physical contact between people. And there’s evidence these measures work.

But research also shows being isolated can have negative effects on a
person’s mental health. Specifically, periods of quarantine have been
shown to increase negative emotions like anxiety, confusion and anger.

Importantly, strong social support can help us counter these negative
effects. And as well as improving our mental health, being socially
connected is linked to better physical health too.

One US psychologist rightly noted rather than talking about social
distancing, we should be practising distant socialising."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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