America at a glance: Social isolation and loneliness during the first wave of COVID-19

This paper compared data from two cross-sectional samples collected before and after the first wave of “stay-at-home” orders to learn more about how COVID-19 and related responses (i.e. stay-at-home orders) may contribute to feelings of social isolation and loneliness among people with disabilities. Social isolation and loneliness are a public health concern because they are associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes and mortality. Post-COVID rural and urban samples reported significantly more interactions with family and close friends. Post-COVID urban respondents reported significantly lower rates of feeling left out, while the post-COVID rural respondents reported similar rates.

Disability area: 
Cross disability
Life area: 
Community participation
Project name: 
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Employment, and Health
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Report/Research brief
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