COVID-19 Is Causing Touch Deprivation — and That's Making Loneliness and Depression Worse

Has the pandemic made you feel touch deprived? If so, you’re not alone. And the effects are more serious than you may think. Tiffany Field, the director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, has linked the absence of touch to anxiety, depression and lowered immunity. Is it possible to meet our needs for human contact and still stay safe from COVID-19?