COVID-19 Loneliness

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world both in terms of economic downturns but more importantly, in the human cost of not being able to socialise with our friends and family. Economically, as of March 15, 2021, the UK government reported that 11.4 million people were furloughed from their jobs. This comes as employers to adapt to the effects of downtrading due to lockdowns, social distancing laws and policies. The human costs can only begin to be counted when we discuss the mental health impact that stress brought on by furlough, shielding and lockdown has had on people’s states of mind.