Before the pandemic, loneliness was already one major issue that people were struggling through. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the loneliness rate by 181. Before the pandemic, 20.7% of people suffered loneliness, and during the pandemic, the percentage rose up to 58.1%. The drastic increase in loneliness rate was noticed due to the strict lockdown and social distancing in many parts of the world. People were unable to step out of their homes; many people who lived far away from their families were unable to return home or meet them. Moreover, every Covid-19 victim was exactingly instructed to isolate themselves and not meet anyone.
Due to the isolation, people who were already fighting with loneliness started feeling even lonelier. Most of the people, however, found out some ways to overcome the loneliness and connect with their family and friends through video chats using applications like WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc.
Loneliness has severe effects on one’s mental health and can lead to stress and depression. People suffering from this condition should talk to their close ones about it or consult therapists immediately.
Check the following infographic as contains detailed information on Covid-19 loneliness gender as well as generation wise.
Infographic by: Womens-health.com