Staying Connected in Times of Social Distancing
With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the world, “social distancing” is one of the recommendations to help curb rates of transmission. Working from home might sound like an enticing way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But what about the idea of cutting down on your social calendar and interactions with friends?
Loneliness and isolation is already an issue that many of us face in an increasingly technologically driven society – and it can have serious consequences for mental health. So what happens when we are encouraged en masse to keep our distance from others? How can we stay connected and stay healthy? The Daily spoke with Dr Michelle Lim – Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology and Scientific Chair at the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness.