For most human beings, the desire for companionship, engagement and socialization is a fact of life. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is forcing us to rethink many of things we normally take for granted. Not the least of which is the freedom to move about.
Limiting our options in a time of pandemic, while necessary and unpleasant, will eventually pass. However, what about the millions of individuals for which social isolation and loneliness are an everyday occurrence? How do they cope with a reality that is far too real and equally as debilitating?
According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S., more than 105 million of us, are at higher risk if infected with coronavirus. More than 76 million, or 72% — are age 60 or older. The remaining 29.2 million adults in this group are ages 18-59.