Social Connectedness and Detachment in COVID-19: a Sociological Insight
COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic which has affected the globe socio-economically. It is a pandemic different from the previous pandemics in context of its spread, medical and social aspects. The social aspects of this pandemic are as important as the medical aspect due to global interconnectivity (globalization). This article is an effort to gain a sociological insight to the social connectedness and detachment during COVID-19. The article is a review based whereby journal articles are preferred while reliable web sources are also considered. The discussion shows that social connectedness is affected by COVID-19 in many dimensions such as at micro level as well as macro level. The global interconnectivity has played role in its spread at macro level, and at macro level the connectedness is affected. This include closure of global businesses and trade, tourism, migration and traveling. At micro level individuals and families are affected, for example, isolation, quarantines, avoiding others etc. This have multifaceted impact on micro and macro level including economic, social and mental. Besides, sociological perspectives have been applied in context of COVID-19, social connectedness and social detachment. The discussion concludes that structural functionalism, conflict perspective and symbolic interactionism successfully explains the social connectedness and social detachment in context of COVID-19.