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If Covid is not a short-term crisis but a new normal, fine. Let’s plan for that

Sarah Carey


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Chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Collins

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Collins

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Collins

MANAGING the virus is one thing. Managing the public mood is another. Maintaining morale is just as important as containing Covid. On no account – none – should the mood of the country be trivialised as an indulgence.

Loneliness, whether subjective or objective, kills. It is as significant a risk factor in mortality as other issues such as obesity, if not greater. Happiness and human connection should not become stigmatised as the aspirations of the selfish or reckless. Telling us to avoid other people is a health crisis in itself.


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