Experts say the country needs to be addressing the massive public health concern now, particularly as widespread vaccination is still months away.

“During the time of the pandemic, at every level of the government, people should be sending this dual message that you gotta be safe — you’ve got to be concerned about transmitting disease — but you’ve also got to stay in relationships with people and here are ways you can do that safely,” said Richard Weissbourd, a senior lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and director of the Making Caring Common project.

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