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Dear Reader,

When was the last time you gave someone a hug? For some people it’s not an easy answer — it might be weeks, or over a month. Morgan Jerkins, a senior editor for Zora, wrote a personal essay today about the desire for touch during the pandemic, and why intimacy can feel essential right now.

“I want touch more than anything else,” she writes. “The desire is like an electric current throughout my body. It’s so thick that I can feel it on my tongue.”

Even if you’re quarantined with a friend, roommate, or family member, the need for human contact feels acute right now. Read her full essay here.

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Alexandra Sifferlin
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Is it allergies or is it the coronavirus?
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