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Addressing Isolation in a Time of Social Distancing

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Brian Geyser, Maja Mataric, moderated by Rachel Jones

Oct 14, 2020

More than a quarter of the US population lives alone. With the pandemic mandating quarantines and social distancing, our nation has been forced to reckon with another public health crisis: loneliness. The ramifications of social isolation can be devastating, manifesting serious health conditions and shorter lifespans. In many cases the magnitude of isolation risk twice exceeds that of obesity. How can we mitigate these effects in our most at-risk populations? How can social services, architecture, infrastructure and more offer solutions to foster the human connection that averts a public emergency? Help is on the way.


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