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People battle loneliness during pandemic, study finds

Women in Finland are losing more sleep over coronavirus than men, according to public health institute THL.

Ihminen istuu risti-istunnassa meren rannalla katsoen ulapalle.
A quarter of people said they were seeing their families less this fall, while 40 percent said they had more time with loved ones. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has increased feelings of loneliness among a quarter of working age people in Finland, public health institute THL reported on Tuesday.

With 26 percent of people reporting feeling lonely between September and October, results showed an improvement from the spring, when 32 percent of working age adults reported similar feelings.

THL’s study showed younger, more educated people were slightly more prone to experiencing loneliness than those who were older and less educated.

The report also highlighted the rise of telecommuting among highly educated residents while nightmares had become more common among women since the crisis began.

THL’s study is linked to a serological population survey that randomly invites 18-69 year-olds in Finland to supply blood samples for coronavirus antibody tests.

Participants were asked to answer questions about recent changes to their everyday life during the pandemic.

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