Pets, humans closer than ever amidst pandemic

Cuddling with Fido and Fluffy might be even more reassuring than previously realized.

A new study out of University of South Australia suggests that, in the absence of human-to-human contact amidst the pandemic, pets have become increasingly important to people in terms of comfort and physical presence.

“Pets seem to be particularly important when people are socially isolated or excluded, providing comfort, companionship, and a sense of self-worth,” says the study’s lead author, Janette Young, PhD.


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