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The one aspect to working in the COVID-19 pandemic and having to meet with clients virtually creates barriers to human connection, but also creates barriers to treatment with clients who do not have access to phone or internet due to socio-economic status and being marginalized. COVID-19, as Christina spoke to, left so many feeling isolated and disconnected from supports and services much needed for their mental and emotional health. For those who did have access to the technology required for virtual visits, it provided a safety net for maintaining connection and follow up for care, as well as an option should they not be feeling well enough to attend in person due to physical or mental illness. Therefore, in some ways in benefited many, and in others, it created further barriers to accessing care.