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Why Loneliness Can Be Deadly

I was surprised to learn that being lonely shifts your immune system defenses.

The immune system has to make a decision between fighting viral threats and protecting against bacterial invasions because it has a fixed fighting capability. In lonely people who see the world as a threatening place, their immune systems choose to focus on bacteria rather than viral threats.

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What about loners?


A loner is a person who avoids or does not actively seek human interaction or prefers to be alone.


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