Mental Health Tips And Resources For Those Stressed During the COVID Era

  Mental health problems were common prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re even more prevalent now that COVID has taken over. According to the Healthline Mental Health Index, 45 percent of the U.S. population currently lies outside of the “normal” range on a common depression and anxiety survey known as the Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4). While this secondary epidemic may not be overcome until we find a cure for COVID, several measures can ease our anxiety during this difficult time, as highlighted below: Make the Most of Digital Resources Videoconferencing applications and other digital tools make even the strictest…

Read More

Safety Tips for Reintroducing a Nanny Into Your Life After Quarantine

  As quarantine draws to a close, you may need to return to work or otherwise spend more time outside of the home — and away from your children. Now, you face a difficult decision: how to secure quality childcare while you’re away. In many cases, the best approach involves a trustworthy nanny. This option is by no means risk-free, but it can limit your children’s exposure to other youngsters. Implement these tips to keep your children and nanny safe. Consider a Live-In Nanny Live-in care may be expensive, but it also can dramatically reduce the risk of infection for…

Read More

Doctors, Nurses, And Other Healthcare Workers: Could Their Pandemic Burnout Put Patients At Risk?

  Far too many healthcare professionals suffered burnout long before coronavirus entered the lexicon. Today, however, overwork is even more of a threat. While demands vary between departments and facilities, many doctors and nurses report considerable fatigue prompted by the pandemic. This represents a huge risk not only for medical workers, but also for the vulnerable patients they treat. The State of Burnout in Healthcare United States medical professionals entered the coronavirus pandemic with alarming rates of burnout. An article from the Harvard Medical School references the current situation as “stabbing a fresh wound.” Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers…

Read More

Quarantine Era Surgery And Diagnostic Delays: What Dangers Do They Cause?

  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, several quarantine initiatives placed a moratorium on elective surgeries and other healthcare procedures. Additionally, many patients replaced traditional in-person checkups with virtual appointments, which, while helpful, do not always provide a sufficient substitute. These strict measures are beginning to ease up, but many patients still struggle to determine whether greater risk lies in avoiding medical settings or seeking critical care. We offer insight into this difficult decision below: The Risk of Delayed Diagnosis While the dangers of delayed diagnosis vary considerably based on the condition in question, early detection is always…

Read More

Highway Fatality Rates Increase Despite Less Drivers on the Road

  The National Safety Council has reported that, based on preliminary nationwide data from May, people traveling by roads had a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash for the third month in a row. We previously wrote about this issue in May, and the trend of more dangerous driving has continued. The fatality rate is a measure of deaths due to collisions per 100 million vehicle miles. The fatality rate includes deaths of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc., and is a good indicator of dangerous driving. The number of miles driven in May 2020 decreased by 25.5%…

Read More

Surge of New COVID Cases: What’s Happening? What Comes Next?

  The COVID era feels like an eternity. We know a lot more about the disease than we did a few short months ago, but unfortunately, our will to follow CDC guidelines seems to be waning. Hence, the recent surge of cases in states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Prompted in part by efforts to open the economy, these hotspots indicate that the pandemic is far from over. The Origins of the Surge Signs of a surge first became evident in late June, as new cases and hospitalizations increased dramatically over a period of several days. Since then, several…

Read More

Vacationing During COVID: Safety Insights And Resources

  In a time of COVID, no excursion is completely risk-free. Some measured risks, however, may be worth taking — especially if accompanied by the right precautions. With a little planning, it’s possible to reduce the potential for infection. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you plan a much-needed vacation: Stay Close to Home Despite airlines’ efforts to keep passengers safe, airports and planes remain some of the riskiest settings in the midst of the pandemic. The CDC highlights air travel as more hazardous than other forms of transportation. Long road trips should also be avoided, as they may…

Read More

Excessive Heat in DC Prompts Heat Emergency Procedures

  Due to the expected high heat index in the city, Mayor Bowser activated DC’s Heat Emergency Plan for the period of Saturday July 18th through Wednesday, July 22nd. Cooling Centers During the heat emergency, cooling centers around the city will open for residents to seek relief from the heat. Certain public recreation centers, public libraries, and public schools are open to the public as places to cool down. Unlike previous years, public pools and spray parks will not be open as cooling centers; these places will remain closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. All…

Read More

Camp Safety in the COVID Era

  Despite continued concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, summer camp is back in session for kids across the nation. It looks little like it did in the past, however, with digital and hybrid offerings taking over. Some camps are exclusively virtual, while others allow kids to meet in person during the day — but only if they take extra safety precautions. Despite these measures, camp is far from risk-free. A youth camp outbreak in Georgia, for example, led to infections among 85 children and counselors. Another camp in Missouri has led to an outbreak of more than 80 campers, counselors,…

Read More

The Lancet’s Retracted COVID-19 Study And What It Says About Treating a New Disease: Part II

  The debate surrounding possible COVID-19 treatment hydroxychloroquine remains as vicious as ever. In the previous portion of our two-part series on The Lancet‘s ill-fated study, we examined how a lack of available data led to the study being retracted. While this research previously attracted the most attention, other studies still cast doubt on whether the drug is worth pursuing as a treatment option. Alternate Research The Lancet is far from the only publication to examine the role of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 treatment. Several other studies also highlight how this drug could be used to assist vulnerable patients — and…

Read More