Solitary confinement: the pain of living alone in lockdown

One of the greatest cruelties brought on by the pandemic is the enforced isolation of those locked down alone without any human contact

3rd April, 2021
Solitary confinement: the pain of living alone in lockdown
Ceri Sian Dixon, who works in music publicity and is originally from Britain, found that she was cut off from both friends and family and that her world had shrunk to the confines of her apartment. Picture: Fergal Phillips

“Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” When John Steinbeck wrote this line, in his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, he was writing about another global tragedy: the Great Depression, which financially and socially devastated the United States, followed by the rest of the world, in the 1930s.

The conditions his characters were subjected to – the vast expanse of economic hardship and the isolation it begets –...

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