01/03/2024

There is a growing epidemic that the country needs to worry about, and it will only get worse if we don’t act, says the US surgeon general.

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Loneliness and isolation are on the rise in the United States and are rapidly turning into a crisis with about half of adults saying they have recently experienced loneliness, according to Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy’s 2023 advisory.

When I first took office as Surgeon General in 2014, I didn’t see loneliness as a public health issue, he said on his board.

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Loneliness and isolation are on the rise in the United States and are rapidly turning into a crisis, according to Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy's 2023 advisory.

It wasn’t until he traveled across the country to hear Americans share their stories of feeling isolated, invisible, and insignificant that he realized that social disconnection was far more common than he’d realized.

The crisis of loneliness

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought feelings of isolation and loneliness to many, they were already on the rise.

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