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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The Murder Hornet Scare — What Can It Teach Us About the Threat of Exotic Insects?


Coronavirus is frightening enough as is, but it’s far from the only danger that has the public worried. A new issue recently took over the news to give us a break from the pandemic headlines: murder hornets. While the name is terrifying, these exotic insects may not be as big of a threat as they seem. What Are Murder Hornets? Officially known as vespa mandarinia, the so-called murder hornet is actually quite common in many regions of Asia. In several countries, the insect is typically referred to as the ‘giant hornet.’ This name is arguably more accurate than the exaggerated…

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The Physical Risks of Economic Stressors: Part II


The economic stressors of the coronavirus pandemic have already prompted emotional distress on a broad scale. Unfortunately, this mental health burden will almost certainly increase our susceptibility to future physical issues. Chronic conditions, in particular, are bound to strike those who have suffered at the financial level. In the first segment of this series on the interplay of economic stressors and physical suffering, we examined the research underscoring this connection. Next, we’ll look at the specific conditions that financial issues can exacerbate: Diabetes Type 2 diabetes represents one of the nation’s most deadly health concerns. Diagnoses are far more prevalent…

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How Meditation Can Help Medical Professionals Avoid Mistakes


Today’s health care workers face unprecedented levels of stress, with many turning to alcohol, food, or other unhealthy behaviors to cope. In the midst of these issues, it’s no wonder that medical errors remain the third-leading cause of death in America. While structural shifts in scheduling and workload can make a huge difference, we might not see these much-needed changes for years. Until then, another solution may help: meditation. Medical Errors: How Common Are They And What Role Does Stress Play? Researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that medical errors account for over 250,000 deaths every year. Stress could be partially…

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How Incivility at Hospitals Can Put Your Health at Risk


When you or someone you love is sick or injured, it’s a natural stress point. Stress leads to frazzled nerves, impatience, and unfortunately, sometimes incivility. During hospital stays, we may feel the impulse to lash out at those assigned to our care. Sometimes, healthcare professionals even lash out at one another during times of high stress. It’s natural—but it can also be dangerous. That impulse may actually put your health at risk. A recent article in the Washington Post addresses a much larger, even provable problem: The fact that incivility can be contagious. When we are berated, we are more…

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