How to hug people in a coronavirus-stricken world

University of Miami in Florida found that people reporting touch deprivation had higher anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep issues and post-traumatic stress. But hugging isn’t risk free and should be avoided by the most vulnerable. Even so, “We are at a stage of the pandemic in which we should all be able to make a risk assessment, based on what is now known about the virus, then act accordingly”, says David Heymann at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.