Blue Christmas: How the holiday season and COVID-19 pandemic are fueling a rise in loneliness

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Social distancing and self-quarantining amid the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the impact that loneliness can have on people of all ages.

While the holiday season may provide comfort and solace to some who have struggled this year, for others it can be the toughest time of year – and the pandemic has made these feelings worse.

That’s according to Annette Juba, deputy director of AGE of Central Texas, who said loneliness is one of the most important things they focus on.

“People tend to feel a little more lonely during the holidays anyway, and certainly the pandemic and the physical distancing requirements just really exacerbate that,” she said.

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