What We Know About the Delta Variant: An Executive Guide


After more than a year of dealing with COVID, a newfound sense of optimism began to take over a few months ago. Vaccinations were available, case counts were low, and we seemed to have turned the corner on the pandemic. Since then, however, the Delta various has thrown us for a loop, bringing back the sense of unease that exemplified the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. This feeling of trepidation is only natural; while Delta is technically a COVID variant, it differs from the original disease in many major — and alarming — ways. With understanding, however, comes…

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Post-COVID Stress And Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How Does it Put Patients at Risk?


During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout was at an all-time high among health care professionals. This was abundantly clear in the survey “Coping with COVID,” which revealed that 61 percent of health care workers feared transmission. Alarmingly, over one in three of respondents also claimed to suffer anxiety or depression, while 43 percent noted an excessive workload. This wave of post-COVID stress is sure to have real implications on the quality of care delivered. Still, the work environment within medical facilities looks a bit different these days than it did one year ago. Equipment shortages are less common…

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Understanding the Key Differences Among the Main Vaccines


With three main vaccines available in the United States, Americans are now being inoculated at a staggering pace. Some, however, are wary of the vaccines simply because they don’t understand the options. We’ve highlighted a few of the main differences below: How Many Shots? Perhaps the most noteworthy difference between the vaccines: how many times you need to show up. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine stands out due to its single-shot capacity. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses, spaced a few weeks apart. Vaccine Side Effects Many people are understandably worried about the potential side effects associated with…

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How Political Instability Can Impact Us Emotionally And Physically: What Can We Do to Protect Ourselves?


  From election drama to Black Lives Matter protests and debates about the merits of various COVID interventions, political instability is the name of the game in 2021. While it’s important to remain informed and engaged, our emotional and physical health matters too — and both have been negatively impacted by the political difficulties of the past several months. Keep reading to discover why our health is at stake and what we can do to address the problem: How Political Instability Harms Our Health Political problems manifest in poor health due to both the poor execution of public policies, and…

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The Great Barrington Declaration And COVID: Part II


  Signed in early October, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration proposes an alternate method for handling the COVID pandemic. This statement advocates for a risk-based approach to mitigation, in which most people under the age of 60 are able to go about their lives as usual, while older individuals take extra precautions. In the first part of our blog series on the Great Barrington Declaration, we delved into the specifics of how this approach to COVID mitigation might work. Now, we’ll take a closer look at the individuals who signed the document, as well as the primary sources of criticism…

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Halloween Guidelines Announced – How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic


  While the global pandemic has postponed many events, one thing we don’t have to lose is Halloween. With the holiday on its way, the Halloween and Costume Association together with the Harvard Global Health Institute have announced the tools and resources you and your loved ones need to celebrate safely. How safe is your area? The posted guidelines break down the COVID-19 risk levels for each county in the United States. By using the interactive map, you can discover your county’s level of risk. Depending on your county’s risk color code (green, yellow, orange, or red) you can learn…

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Why Emotionally Evocative Risks Scare People More: How We Can Be More Rational — Part II


  If you’ve obsessed over hand sanitizer during the pandemic but continue to visit extended family members in close quarters, you’re guilty of a common problem: letting emotions dictate — and damage — personal risk assessment. In the first portion of this two-part series, we discussed the role of ambiguity and how it damages our ability to accurately assess risk. Now, we’ll offer a few suggestions for dealing with these natural limitations: Don’t Discount the Value of Emotion Emotions can sometimes lead to problematic decision-making, but that doesn’t mean they should be entirely discarded. Often, feelings provide a sense of…

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