If you’ve been keeping a healthy distance from other people because of COVID-19, you probably feel smart. But if you’re also feeling lonely and stressed, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong. It could simply mean you’re human.
The need to be around people is hard-wired into our brains, researchers say. We crave company in the same way we hunger for food or thirst for water. When that craving isn’t satisfied, the long-term health consequences can be serious.
Luckily, the need for togetherness can be met even at a distance.