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Title: Touch in times of COVID‐19: Touch hunger hurts
Contributor(s): Durkin, Joanne  (author)orcid ; Jackson, Debra  (author); Usher, Kim  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-01
Early Online Version: 2020-09-02
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15488Open Access Link
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The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, China; in late 2019 and in March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic (World Health Organization, 2020). What quickly became clear is that COVID-19 spreads rapidly between people who are in close contact (Nussbaumer-Streit et al., 2020) and so, in efforts to stem the tide of infection, public health messages about the importance of maintaining physical distance were consistent and clear. Initial government advice to vulnerable populations was to self-isolate and practise social distancing (Extance, 2020). Social distancing can and has involved the closure of business', offices and schools, and restrictions around gatherings of people (Wilder-Smith & Freedman, 2020) alongside measures such as no handshaking, no hugging and instruction to stay 1.5 m or two arms lengths apart (Roser, Ritchie, Ortiz-Ospina, & Hasell, 2020). In this editorial, we discuss the wider implications of social distancing implications within the context of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and, in particular, the implications on human touch.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 30(1-2), p. e4-e5
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1365-2702
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
420499 Midwifery not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200599 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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