Lonely People Have Worse Cold Symptoms
Several studies have linked loneliness to health problems like heart disease. And now, new research published in Health Psychology suggests that people who are lonely experience more severe cold symptoms—runny nose, sore throat, etc.—than those who aren't lonely.
For the recent study, researchers recruited 159 people 18 to 55 years of age. Study participants, who were compensated for their involvement, underwent psychological screening tests that measured loneliness and social isolation. They then were exposed to the common cold virus via nose drops and quarantined for five days.
According to researchers, lonely people were not more likely to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus, but after becoming sick, they were almost 39 percent more likely to report severe symptoms than those who were less lonely. More research is needed to learn more about how psychological symptoms may affect physical ones.
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