Sunday, August 2, 2020

Is isolation affecting your mental and physical health?

An epidemiologist at the University College London(UCL) named Daisy Fancourt conducted a study on the effects of enforced isolation and other pandemic related changes on the British population. Research has always proven that self isolation can cause mental health disorders as well as other physical complications. Fancourt and her colleagues focused more on how social factors like isolation affect mental and physical health. They recruited more than 70,000 participants who shared their experiences via weekly online surveys and telephone interviews. Prior to covid-19, millions of people experienced social isolation which was usually willingly. Fancourt explained her findings when she stated "We are seeing a really growing body of evidence that's showing how isolation and loneliness are linked in with incidence of  different types of diseases [and] with premature mortality." Social isolation is also known to increase risks of cognitive decline and dementia, along with depression anxiety.
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  1. This is so crazy! Considering we are in the middle of a pandemic that requires us to self isolate and be away from people, i can definitely see mental health taking a toll. I know a lot of people have been dealing with their mental health and trying their best to overcome it. Cool read!

  2. This is a very interesting study that certainly has effect with our current global situation. Isolation most definitely has taken a toll on the mental health of many, so it was interesting and sad to see that it actually can lead to disease and potential death. These issues are very severe, as is the current pandemic, so it would be interesting to see from this study and others how we can preserve mental health while insuring the health and safety of society.