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Letter: Pandemic of loneliness among healthcare professionals needs attention

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In more ways than one, the Covid-19 pandemic has specifically affected healthcare professionals.

They have suffered greater rates of infection compared to the general population. The pandemic has also intensified healthcare professionals’ burnout, leading many to switch jobs. What has been somewhat neglected is that the pandemic has further pushed them into the depths of loneliness.

Medicine has long been a solitary profession. Healthcare professionals become socially isolated because of their busy schedule and recurrent feelings of estrangement from non-medical professionals. They become lonely when they lose their intimate partner due to disease or because of their career choice.

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