The pandemic has produced ‘alarming’ increase in loneliness

“Addressing mental health and substance use problems in young adults, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, is an imperative,” says Viviana Horigian from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Her statement is in response to her new study investigating the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic on young adults. The study found an “alarming” increase in loneliness since the arrival of COVID-19.

In the survey of 1,008 people aged 18–35, 80% of participants reported “significant depressive symptoms” during the pandemic.


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