COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey, Report #55: Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Document: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is transmitted through physical proximity; as a result, reducing proximity has been the major preventive measure used against the pandemic until the recent introduction of vaccines. Has social isolation in the US increased during the pandemic? In this report, we examine trends in 'social support' (the resources and help that people can mobilize through their social networks) and 'social isolation' (when individuals have few or no relationships through which they can mobilize resources and help). In the surveys that we have been conducting from April 2020 to June 2021 in all 50 US states plus the District of Columbia, we ask four questions (drawn from prior studies) about the number of relationships respondents have available for different purposes. Specifically, we ask how many people respondents think they have in their complete social circle who they could count on for the following purposes: [1] to care for them if they fell ill and needed it (caring support); [2] to lend them money if they needed to borrow it (financial support); [3] to talk to if they had a problem, felt sad or depressed (emotional support); and [4] to help them if they needed to find a job (employment support). In this report, we focus on social isolation, which we define as having one or fewer relationships in a given category, a threshold used in prior studies."

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The COVID States Project Report No. 55
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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