Seasonal Depression Meets COVID-19 Depression

Seasonal depression, the “winter blues,” and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) all have one thing in common: timing. As winter approaches and the amount of daylight decreases, energy levels and moods begin to diminish for many people. Now, when adding the psychological effects of COVID-19 and being locked-down, experts are worried about what this could mean. According to Yale Medicine, symptoms of seasonal depression include but are not limited to “poor mood, low energy, excessive sleepiness during the day, craving carbohydrates, over-eating and gaining weight, and social withdrawal”. Although only 15% of the population are assumed to be affected,  more may…

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What You Need to Know About the Recently Released COVID Vaccines: Part III

  Are you worried about receiving one of the COVID vaccines outlined in our last two blogs? You’re certainly not alone. A variety of side effects may accompany the injection. The good news? In most cases, these are mild. Keep reading to learn more. Should I Be Worried About COVID Vaccine Side Effects? Those who are currently reluctant to receive the COVID vaccine fear that they’ll suffer nasty side effects. The standard flu is often cited as a reason for skepticism, as people who receive this particular vaccine often suffer fatigue, fever, and a variety of other concerns. Unfortunately, some…

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COVID-Friendly Outdoor Activities This Holiday Season

2020 has been unlike any other. Store fronts are closed, Christmas and holiday carolers are nowhere to be found, and some may question if it even feels like the holidays in the air. But, not all holiday hope is lost just yet! There are plenty of holiday fun, COVID-friendly, outdoor socially-distanced activities you and your family can still enjoy. Within the pandemic itself we have seen an influx of creativity. Listed below are some local fun and safe activities. Socially-Distanced Holiday Fun Activities Visiting the National Christmas Tree Shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market Checking out Crystalline: A Submerge by…

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What You Need to Know About the Recently Released COVID Vaccines: Part II

  Throughout the ordeal of living through a pandemic, we’ve placed our hope in the development of several vaccines at breakneck speed. Most people, however, have no idea how these vaccines actually work. In this portion of our latest blog series, we take a closer look so you can feel confident when it’s your turn to get the protection you need. Why the First COVID Vaccines Are Different COVID vaccines don’t look quite like the inoculations you’ve received in the past. Typically, viruses are inactivated or attenuated so that they’re less infectious. With several of the vaccines intended to fight…

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Should I Travel This Holiday Season? Is It Safe?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the public not to travel this upcoming holiday season. Dr. Henry Walke of the CDC’s COVID-19 incident management team stated, “the best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel” (usatoday.com). While the official CDC guidelines state that travelers should avoid all travel to any destination that is classified as “high risk of infection rates”, people may not always listen to the experts. With as uncertain as times are right now, people want to spend those special holiday moments with the…

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What You Need to Know About the Recently Released COVID Vaccines: Part 1

  After nearly a year of dealing with COVID in the United States, there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. Multiple vaccines have been approved for emergency use and are in the early stages of being administered to health care workers and the nation’s most vulnerable residents. We hold great hope in the COVID vaccines, but will they really be the miracle cure that we desire? Are they as dangerous as the skeptics claim? We delve into the greatest concerns and opportunities in this three-part blog series. Which Vaccines Will Be Available in the United States? As of…

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What Are the Most Promising COVID Treatments in Development?

As we await the release of the highly-anticipated COVID vaccine, we’re learning more about the top treatments for severe cases. Certain medications and therapies can dramatically improve outcomes for vulnerable patients who, even a few months ago, would have been unlikely to recover. These include the following: Remdesivir Although medical experts have tested a variety of antiviral drugs on patients actively battling COVID, only remdesivir has consistently shown promise. Previously used against dangerous viruses such as Ebola, the medication has emerged as one of the most effective solutions for severe COVID cases. A study recently published in the New England…

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A Summary of CDC Guidelines for Safe Holiday Travel

With the holidays fast approaching, millions of people across the country will be traveling to visit their families. Amidst the current pandemic, ensuring safe travel practices has never been more important. Whether you plan to travel by road or by air, there are several crucial safety measures to keep in mind. For those traveling by plane, the CDC has provided information about the safety of air travel and outlined necessary precautions: Airline Travel Tips: Fortunately, viruses do not transmit easily on airplanes due to how air circulates throughout the cabin. However, practicing social distancing can be especially difficult on flights…

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Understanding the Differences Among Influenza, COVID, And the Common Cold

  Experts and ordinary individuals alike draw comparisons between COVID and the prominent form of influenza with which we’ve dealt with for generations. These are sometimes useful, as some of the strategies (such as masks and social distancing) used to mitigate the flu can also work for COVID. Still, it’s important to understand how these diseases differ, as we clarify below: Symptoms Both influenza and COVID-19 can prompt a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening. People with both illnesses may suffer: Headache Shortness of breath Fatigue Fever Sore throat In some people, however, COVID goes beyond these symptoms…

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The Great Barrington Declaration And COVID: Part I

  The COVID pandemic has sparked contentious debates about the balance between reducing the spread of the disease and avoiding the unintended repercussions of lockdown. The original quarantine, although necessary for flattening the curve, created economic upheaval while also sparking significant mental health issues related to long-term isolation. In an effort to avoid these problems as we continue to navigate the pandemic, a variety of scientists and other influential individuals gathered at the American Institute for Economic Research in early October to sign the Great Barrington Declaration. How Would Pandemic Response Work Under the Proposed Great Barrington System? The approach…

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