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5 ways Omicron is changing the way we socialize

AARP, Feb. 3, 2022

February 3, 2022

5 ways Omicron is changing the way we socialize

“Omicron has highlighted the uncertainty of this virus,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine, who studies coping responses to national stressors, like 9/11 and the pandemic. Such events “have an ambiguous endpoint,” Cohen Silver wrote as lead author of a paper on collective trauma published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour in January 2021. “We do not know how bad things will get, nor when recovery can truly begin.”