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WHO declares loneliness a pressing global health threat

WHO declares loneliness a pressing global health threat
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared loneliness as a pressing global health threat.
  • The WHO also launched an international commission on the problem, led by the US surgeon general, Dr Vivek Murthy. The commission will run for three years.
  • The mortality effects of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The rate of 'one in four' older people experiencing social isolation is similar in all regions of the world.
  • It comes after the Covid-19 pandemic halted economic and social activity, increasing levels of loneliness, but also amid rising awareness of the importance of the issue.

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Published date : 17 Nov 2023 03:51PM

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