Loneliness poses risks as deadly as smoking: surgeon general
May 3, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — Widespread loneliness in the U.S. poses health risks as deadly as smoking up to a dozen cigarettes daily, costing the health industry billions of dollars annually, the U.S. surgeon general said Tuesday in declaring the latest public health epidemic.
About half of U.S. adults say they've experienced loneliness, Dr. Vivek Murthy said in an 81-page report from his office.
"We now know that loneliness is a common feeling that many people experience. It's like hunger or thirst. It's a feeling the body sends us when something we need for survival is missing," Murthy told The A...