[Listening] Loneliness Is Rising Due to Coronavirus

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We’ve all been a lot more isolated lately, as many of us hunker down in our homes under some form of social restriction. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, isolation was on the rise. In the era of connectivity and social apps, loneliness is ironically pervasive.

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Today, close to two-thirds (61%) of adults in the United States report feeling lonely — up from just over half (54%) in 2018. That can have major implications for our health. Studies suggest people suffering from loneliness can be more susceptible to physical health issues, such as stroke, heart disease and early mortality.

Aside from the physical impact, ____ (one word missing) can also potentially trigger major psychological challenges. Indeed, in March the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines for dealing with the mental health effects of coronavirus.

That’s something Calvin Benton, co-founder of U.K.-based Spill, has been trying to address. Since launching in 2018, the mental health platform has been providing workplaces with access to online ____ (one word missing) via the messaging tool Slack.

But with more people now working remotely, that service has become ever more important, says the 27-year-old entrepreneur. “In the last two months, it’s kind of gone a bit insane. We’ve had more inbound request for Spill than we had in like the entire two years before that,” said Benton, who has had to build a ____ (one word missing) to sign up companies in less than 10 minutes.

And it’s not just demand from employers. As individuals face new anxieties around work and their health, employees have been using Spill’s services at four-times the usual rate, according to Benton.


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