Coronavirus social-contact curbs ‘put adolescents at risk’
Reduced face-to-face contact among teenagers and their friends during the pandemic could have damaging long-term consequences, neuroscientists say.
At a sensitive time in life, their brain development, behaviour and mental health could suffer.
Using social media might make up for some negative effects of social distancing, they write in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.
But they call for schools to reopen for young people as a priority when safe.
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