Experts: Rely on family, friends and the familiar

EMMA ROUTLEY/THE CHRONICLEDr. David Neale said "isolation is the second pandemic" and encouraged people to socialize responsibly. Local businesses such as Farmlands, above, continue to find ways to serve clients.

As coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, the darkness expands – both on our physical and mental horizons. We’ve been living in a pandemic for 10 months. The weather’s shifted now; the days are shorter, colder, wetter. And for most all of us, our mental health wanes. 

“It took us six months to go from 25,000 cases in Oregon . . .