Podcasts

Join host Halena Gazelka, M.D., pain medicine specialist and medical director for Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, on the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast. From complex or serious conditions like cancer and heart disease to the latest news on research and wellness, Dr. Gazelka asks the questions and gets easy-to-understand answers from Mayo Clinic experts.

Follow the Podcasts page to be notified as new episodes become available. Post a comment and share your thoughts.

PUBLIC PAGE
Dec 8, 2020

Social isolation during COVID-19

By Jennifer O'Hara, @jenohara

an-elderly-white-woman-wearing-a-face-mask-and-holding-her-hand-up-on-a-window-looking-outside-and-seeming-sad-isolated-16x9-1-1536x864

As the COVID-19 surge sweeps across the U.S., it's crucial that people stay home and avoid gatherings to reduce community spread of the virus.

But for some, that loneliness is becoming an epidemic within the pandemic. Social isolation, especially for people in high-risk health care facilities, like nursing homes, is taking a toll on their mental health.

Health care professionals say people have an intuitive desire to gather and seek companionship. Even introverts are struggling with isolation.

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Anita Bissinger, a Mayo Clinic Health System social worker, says people have been innovative and mindful of the fact people are lonely and need to support each other. This social isolation isn't forever and there are ways to combat the seclusion

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used.

For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

Connect with others talking about the pandemic and supporting one another in the COVID-19 support group.

Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date.

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

 

 

Please login or register to post a reply.

Invite Others

Send an email to invite people you know to join the Podcasts page.

Please login or register to send an invite.