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The Coronavirus Reveals an Intolerance of Solitude

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed an area of sickness in our country that goes beyond a fever, dry cough, and pneumonia-like symptoms. With the high, penetrating resolution of an MRI, COVID-19 has exposed our intolerance of solitude and our inability to make the most of our own company. Unfortunately, without a change of heart, the pathology of our inability to endure times of solitude will outlive the virus itself.

In an article by the American Psychological Association, it was reported that social isolation can increase the health risks of people as much as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day.1 Other studies have linked prolonged social isolation with the onset of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and even...

 

Emily has had a lifelong appreciation for science, teaching, and research. She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a BS degree in molecular biology and a minor in cognitive psychology. As an undergraduate, she conducted summer research in immunology, microbiology, behavioral and cognitive psychology, scanning tunneling microscopy and genetics; she also published research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and co-authored a chapter on scanning tunneling microscopy. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology at University of Cincinnati and a Certificate in Apologetics with the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Emily has had the joy of teaching high school chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology, and pre-engineering classes over the last thirteen years. As a former Darwinian evolutionist, Emily enjoys stating the case for intellectual agency, considering the arguments posited by the intelligent design movement as much more credible than those proffered by Darwinists.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #53, Summer 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo53/home-stuck

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