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Being Alone vs Feeling Lonely United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General Advisory calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection in our country. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately half of U.S. adults reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness. Loneliness among our older adults is an epidemic. Here to talk more about it is friend of the show and aging expert Anthony Cirillo.