Participant 467-472 Community Conversations Focus Group



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Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey State Library



In this focus group, participants discuss their experience with social isolation and losing loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants find solace in being able to connect with others virtually but admit it is not the same as seeing people in-person. One participant shares that they wish there was some leniency in seeing loved ones in the hospital, and that not being able to say goodbye to loved ones who are dying is very traumatic. Participants also discuss how the pandemic affected voting, and talk about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy within their communities.


COVID-19 Health Behaviors, Vaccine for COVID-19, Social Disconnect - Social Isolation and Loneliness, Positive Outlook, Digital Divide, Social and Economic Factors, View of the Federal Government's Response (in 2020), Secondary Suffering and Trauma, Negative Mental Health Outcomes, Acts of Kindness, Religion or Spirituality, Resilience, Perceived Politicization of Public Health Response, Older Persons, Self-Care Strategies, Factors Impacting the Digital Divide, Social Re-Connect, Recommendations, Resources Needed, Atlantic Co. (N.J.), New Jersey, COVID-19 Pandemic