The New York Times (4/20, Leland) reports, “As some pandemic restrictions now finally lift, and New York returns to some semblance of normal, one unknown is the lasting effects of two years of prolonged isolation and the loneliness that came with it.” Even before the pandemic, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy “said the country was experiencing an ‘epidemic of loneliness,’ driven by the accelerated pace of life and the spread of technology into all of our social interactions.” However, the pandemic has “only exacerbated these feelings.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)