We need leaders who listen to public health experts

Alejandra Salemi
 |  Guest columnist

Dan Mullen wants to “pack the Swamp,” and as far as Gov. Ron DeSantis is concerned, that sounds like a great idea. After moving Florida into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, the governor’s office confirmed recently that all businesses, including stadiums, can operate at 100% capacity – roughly 90,000 people in the case of the Swamp. 

Despite losing more than 15,000 Floridians to the pandemic, the message sent by the Phase 3 order suggests that COVID-19 is no longer a major concern; yet another example of a lack of consideration given to public health from our elected leaders. Putting aside the cacophony of misinformation and political messaging coming out of Tallahassee, the dangers of this pandemic are as real as ever.  

Though I currently study at Harvard Divinity School, I spent five years in Gainesville earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in

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A ‘second wave’ of mental health devastation due to COVID-19 is imminent, experts say

While the world struggles to manage the initial waves of death and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is mounting evidence accumulating that “a second wave” linked to rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders could be building, according to an article published Monday in the medical journal JAMA.”A second wave of devastation is imminent, attributable to mental health consequences of COVID-19,” wrote authors Dr. Naomi Simon, Dr. Glenn Saxe and Dr. Charles Marmar, all from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.”The magnitude of this second wave is likely to overwhelm the already frayed mental health system, leading to access problems, particularly for the most vulnerable persons.” This second mental health wave, the researchers suggested, will bring further challenges, such as increased deaths from suicide and drug overdoses, and will have a disproportionate effect on the same groups that the first wave did: Black and Hispanic … Read More

A ‘second wave’ of mental health devastation due to Covid-19 is imminent, experts say | Live Well

“This magnitude of death over a short period of time is an international tragedy on a historic scale,” the authors said. “This interpersonal loss is compounded by societal disruption.”

Of central concern, the authors wrote, is “the transformation of normal grief and distress into prolonged grief and major depressive disorder and symptoms of posttraumatic health disorder.”

A grief that lasts longer

Prolonged grief, which affects approximately 10% of bereaved people, is characterized by at least six months of intense longing, preoccupation or both, with the deceased; emotional pain; loneliness; difficulty reengaging in life; avoidance; feeling life is meaningless; and increased suicide risk. These conditions can also become chronic with additional comorbidities, such as substance use disorders, the authors said.

The 10% affected by prolonged grief is likely an underestimate for grief related to deaths from Covid-19, and each death leaves approximately nine family members bereaved, the authors said. This means

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International Experts Launch a Foundational Set of Standards to Measure and Improve COVID-19 Health Globally

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BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) announced the release of their COVID-19 Standard Set (C19-SS) today.

To help institutions provide the best care for patients with COVID-19, health professionals and patient advisors from across the world have joined forces to establish and launch a global set of outcomes and measurement recommendations that reflect what matters most to patients with COVID-19. This is facilitated by ICHOM and conducted pro bono publico to assist in aiding the global healthcare community fight the global pandemic.

This was developed by the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group, comprised of 28 experts and patient representatives from 24 organizations across 14 countries. A full list of organizations and representatives involved in the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group is available here.

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Opinion | We’re public health experts. We need to do a better job of talking to conservatives.

A key piece of our professional training involves identifying and addressing the blind spots caused by our beliefs, backgrounds, cultural influences and preferred information sources. It’s crucial to do this if we want to build effective partnerships with communities and cultures that differ from our own. The consequences when we are slow to adapt can be grave, as they were 40 years ago, when the public health community didn’t move quickly enough to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and 10 years after that, when we struggled to address the crack epidemic.

Today, many public health experts are trying to develop connection and cultural competence to serve communities that are politically different from most of our own. We rightly celebrate that our field is more diverse than it’s ever been when it comes to race and gender. Yet in a 2018 survey, 72.4 percent of members in the Society for Epidemiologic

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Trump says he’s not contagious. Health experts say that’s not certain.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday,” Trump said. “That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!”

Trump’s claim came one day after his physician said he is “no longer considered a transmission risk to others,” in a memo that seemed to clear Trump to return to his normal activities a little more than a week after he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump is expected to hold a campaign rally Monday in Florida.

Some experts said the letter provided some reassurance that Trump is no longer contagious, but they noted that there is no way to know for sure so soon after a covid-19 diagnosis. The White House has never made clear the severity of Trump’s illness, which could influence how long he should isolate.

The letter from Sean Conley said Trump had met the

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8 Things Mental Health Experts Want You To Know On World Mental Health Day

2020 has been an extraordinary year in so many ways, but its effect on our mental health has been tangible. Social isolation, grief, loss of income, working from home, and school disruption, among other things, have triggered mental health conditions or exacerbated existing ones. Studies in the United States alone have shown depression and anxiety rates increasing to over 30%. At the same time, Covid-19 itself has known neurologic and mental health complications, including anxiety, insomnia, and depression. There is also new data suggesting those with substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders are at a higher risk for worsened outcomes from the disease.

Yet, despite all of these compounding reasons for an increase in need right now, a new study by the World Health Organization(WHO) showed that in 93% of countries worldwide, the pandemic has halted or disrupted mental health

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An Indian Football Club Just Added Mental Health Experts to The Team

We are publishing a series of stories to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 10. It raises awareness about the importance of mental health and advocates against social stigmas. These are challenging and stressful times. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 but most cases go undetected and untreated. Let’s make the world a kinder and happier place for all to live in.

In January, 20-year-old Suresh Singh Wangjam made his first team debut with football club Bengaluru FC (BFC) in the Indian Super League (ISL). The performance was impressive and he soon became a permanent fixture in coach Carles Cuadrat’s plans, featuring in every game for the rest of the season.

Going into the second leg of the semi-final against Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) with a slender 1-0 lead, the coach had given Wangjam clear instructions

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2020 Election Live Updates: Despite Concerns of Health Experts, Trump Plans Rallies at White House and in Florida

Here’s what you need to know:

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President Trump is planning to host up to 2,000 people on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday for his first in-person event since he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus, three people familiar with the plans said on Friday, and his campaign announced that he would hold a rally in Florida on Monday.

The president was expected to make remarks from one of the balconies at the White House to the crowd. More than 2,000 invitations went out for the event, according to one official.

The event, which was first reported by ABC News, continues Mr. Trump’s pattern of using the White House for political events, as he did with his speech to the

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Pelosi to propose experts review a president’s mental fitness under 25th Amendment

House Democrats, who have accused President Donald Trump of acting erratically as he battles the coronavirus, on Friday will introduce a proposal to establish a panel to determine a president’s fitness for office under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

a person wearing a costume: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi gestures during the Weekly News Conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi gestures during the Weekly News Conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The move comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday Trump was in an “altered state,” but has said it likely wouldn’t apply to him.


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The measure would create an expert panel – with members appointed by Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate – to conduct a medical exam at the direction of Congress to “determine whether the President is mentally or physically unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office,” according to the text of a version of

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