Preprint: Introverts have been training for a pandemic their whole lives

Coronavirus, Deaths, Health, Healthcare, Herd Immunity, Infection, Lockdown, Quarantine, Transmission

Introverts have a mortality advantage in an airborne pandemic.

Mortality rates during the pandemic appeared to be higher for very extroverted individuals  and lower for those who were very introverted.

The slight mortality advantage enjoyed by extroverts prior to the pandemic disappeared during the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen whether that pattern continued into 2021-22.

We suspect that the mortality benefit of introversion during the pandemic is largely a result of reduced exposure to the risk of infection, but it may also derive in part from the ability of introverts to adapt more easily to reduced social interaction without engaging in self-destructive behavior (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse). Introverts have been training for a pandemic their whole lives.

Preprint: In the Midst of a Pandemic, Introverts May Have a Mortality Advantage


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** This post was originally published on May 28, 2022 **