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

NPR, Jan. 21, 2022 (Audio)

January 21, 2022

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.”