Texas Tech University

It’s safe for vaccinated Californians to hug again — here’s why it’s healthy for you

The Sacramento Bee

April 24, 2021

The Sacramento Bee - For more than a year now, many Californians have gone without the ability to hug their loved ones due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Over the past year, many people had to make do with phone calls, or Zoom meetings, or other remote methods of keeping in touch without actually touching.

Michael Murphy, a research assistant professor at Texas Tech University, said social isolation takes a toll on the human body. He pointed to a wealth of scientific data showing what lack of human contact can do to a person.

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