Stress, uncertainty and isolation are common pandemic experiences. But is it trauma?

Roxane Cohen Silver is a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science at the University of California Irvine. She’s been studying collective trauma since the 1980s. … [Silver] “Collective trauma is a stressful experience that is shared by many people. … The event happens. There’s great tragedy, and people pick up the pieces of their lives. … This [pandemic] has been a slow-moving disaster with not even a clear start, certainly no obvious endpoint. And it has escalated in intensity over time. So it is very, very different.”