Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
31 Aug 2020
8:39 am

The world is full of lonely people, now more than ever

Jennie Ridyard

I cannot bear to think how it must be to not have been hugged, caressed, or brushed in passing by another person in five long months.

Jennie Ridyard.

Loneliness: a side effect of lockdown, this is the world’s silent pandemic. I live with three other people – five if you count the canine children – yet sometimes in these strange new days, with our strange new ways, I feel so lonely I could curl into a ball and weep. Do you feel it too? I miss the solidarity of shared smiles, because they’re all behind masks now. I miss accidental, incidental contact, those brief moments in offices, gyms, restaurants, changing rooms, cinema queues and on the street. I miss jostling alongside the rest of humanity in supermarket aisles,...