Isolalgia

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The pain and distress felt when one is in a state of forced isolation during a pandemic or any other event that requires non-voluntary or reluctant social isolation.  The feeling of desolation when detached from your usual human-built landscape and the strange loneliness felt when the city, the village, the streets are virtually empty of people. The landscape remains the same … but there are no longer people within it

[‘Isol’: From the French isolé, from Italian isolato, from Latin īnsulātus, made into an island, from īnsula, island and ‘algia’, from the Greek ‘algos’ meaning pain, sorrow or grief.]

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