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What made America’s Covid death toll even worse: the gnawing pain of human separation

From social distancing to vaccine disputes to the inability to be with loved ones in their final hours, isolation was a key symptom of the pandemic

In the middle of the night on 20 August last year, Gordon Robertson received a phone call from the Florida highway patrol. The officer had pulled over his brother, Bruce, who was disoriented and claimed he was coming to see him.

“I’m thinking, that’s really odd: I had told him he was not allowed to come up here and visit until he got vaccinated,” said Gordon, 71, who lives in Longwood. “I asked him a dozen times, ‘Bruce, you gotta get this. You gotta get this.’ And he wouldn’t do it.”

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