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The Check-In: Self-Isolation

Meiying Wu

The coronavirus crisis has sparked tremendous changes in the lives of people all over the world, and in the last couple of weeks the crisis has arrived full-on for us Missourians.


In the recent weeks, MU moved its classes online, then closed its dorms and sent its students home. Gov. Parson declared a state of emergency. Libraries, restaurants, offices, theaters and more have closed their doors. Elections have been postponed. Many of us are working from home, isolating with their families, or alone, and practicing social distancing.


It’s human nature to want to lean on our communities and hold our loved ones close. But in times like this, that could mean putting those loved ones at risk.


So: How do we cope with this abrupt new world we’re in? How do we stay intimately connected with one another while living in isolation?


Our guest Dr. Laura Schopp is a professor and chair of the MU Department of Health Psychology. She is a clinical neuropsychologist and has worked to promote the mental health of immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable people for much of her career.



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Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.