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COVID-19 gave us 'skin hunger' and ‘touch deprivation.' We’re fighting back with hugs

Los Angeles Times

April 15, 2021

Los Angeles Times - As more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19, reunions among loved ones are becoming increasingly frequent, and for many, hugging is the main event.

Texas Tech University professor Michael Murphy, who studies how social connections affect health, said that receiving support through words alone can sometimes make people feel worse because others don't always say the right thing. A sympathetic hand on the shoulder or an embrace can get around that.

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