Diana J. Chavez, Special to The News-Press
Published 10:16 a.m. ET Oct. 14, 2020
Diana Chavez (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
You notice the check engine light comes on and schedule a car inspection. You notice you are having flu-like symptoms and visit the doctor. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? When your interest in doing things dwindles? When you find yourself tired or sleeping less?
Perhaps chronic headaches, shoulder pain, nausea, chest tightness, or difficulties breathing have less to do with our physical health and more with our mental health. It is common to simply plow through these sensations often explaining them away by rationalizing, “I have a deadline… Work has been too stressful… I’ve been sick…” And this may be true.
However, ignoring these physical and emotional sensations, particularly after they’ve been around for a while, can negatively affect the connection between one’s physical and mental
LANSING, MI – A slew of guidelines for lawsuits addressing various COVID-19 exposure scenarios was approved during Tuesday and early Wednesday sessions in the Michigan Senate.
A bill guaranteeing immunity for health care workers providing COVID-19 care from civil action was passed 29-8 in the evening hours of the Oct. 13 Senate session. House Bill 6159, sponsored by Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Twp., does not hold workers liable for injuries to patients under their care, except in instances of gross negligence.
The bill was sent back to the state House with minor changes in wording before it was approved, 64-37. It will now head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk for potential signature.
The other bill package on the legislature’s docket protects businesses from liability for people who contracted the disease on their premises, except in negligent circumstances. It also protects employees fired for following public health guidelines against the wishes
AUSTIN, TX — Austin Public Health has launched a high-risk worker hotline to promote the safety and well-being of the vulnerable workers in the community, officials said Tuesday.
The hotline, which is operated by Austin Voices for Education and Youth, provides information and referral services for front line staff who need assistance due to COVID-19. These referral services, to organizations such as Austin Area Urban League, Worker’s Defense Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, include legal case management, assistance applying for unemployment, and one-time financial assistance.
“We are proud to work as a community to launch this hotline that will provide a variety of services for high-risk workers in our community,” Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden said in a prepared statement. “It is an important step to assisting our vulnerable community members in a way that is helpful to them. We worked with many partners and agencies to
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 74 new Coronavirus cases Tuesday and no new deaths.
Of the newly reported cases, 57 are confirmed from 1,301 PCR tests and 17 are probable. Eight of those probable cases are from positive antigen tests.
The total number of cases countywide now stands at 13,436 since March 14.
New cases range in age from 14 years to 91 years with a median age of 35 years, the Health Department says. The dates of positive tests ranged from Oct. 7-12.
There have been 1,293 hospitalizations in Allegheny County since the outbreak began. Of all the hospitalized patients, 329 of them have needed care in the ICU, and 128 of them have required treatment with a ventilator.
The county-wide death toll stands at 397.
This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for
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Melissa Szymanski is an elementary school teacher in Windsor, Connecticut. She wrote this column for The Hartford Courant.
Teachers are a keystone of the nation’s economic recovery. We need to return to classrooms so that students can learn, and parents can return to work.
Yet across the country students, teachers and families are in limbo, contending with virtual schooling, which isn’t an ideal learning environment.
To get teachers like me safely back in schools as soon as possible, we must reduce the risk of spreading this disease to our colleagues and students. I want to get back in the classroom just as much as the families whose kids I teach. By routinely taking COVID-19 tests, even if asymptomatic, we can reduce the school outbreak
Canada’s chief science advisor Mona Nemer is warning Canadians that the novel coronavirus could get worse before it gets better. This is despite progress researchers have made toward finding a vaccine.
Asked if there’s a chance hospitals might succumb to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Nemer said certain areas of the country could be at risk of being overrun if the upward trend in positive test results continues.
Read more: Coronavirus cases are rising, but experts say testing doesn’t tell the full story
“Hospitals are, in certain regions, above 100 per cent capacity in emergency rooms already with the non-COVID cases,” she said.
“So there is a possibility that if we have to deal with huge cases of COVID-19 we will overwhelm
Oct. 10, 2020, marks World Mental Health Day, an annual event that looks very different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts in the U.S. are warning of a mental health crisis as people’s lives remain upended by the pandemic.
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“COVID-19 really hits on so many different pieces that could impact someone’s mental health,” Pooja Lakshmin, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health, told “Good Morning America” in May. “One thing that we know is so important for mental health is community and being around other people that we feel close to, and because of COVID-19, that’s also been taken away from us.”
Lakshmin, also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, has created an online community through her Instagram account, where she now shares tips on dealing with
Regeneron filed for emergency authorization of its antibody COVID-19 treatment drug, just hours after President Trump claimed it basically cured him. Mitch McConnell hasn’t been to the White House in months, and a new analysis shows Americans’ job-based health care is continually getting more expensive.
We’ll start with Regeneron:
Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received
Biotech company Regeneron late Wednesday applied for emergency authorization for an experimental antibody treatment praised by President Trump.
“Subsequent to our discussions with regulatory authorities, we have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for our
He said the referee’s Biddeford games were played at 8:35 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday games were played at 7:40 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The official’s North Yarmouth Academy games were played Sunday between 6:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., and the single Laconia game started at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Shah.
“If you or a family member was on the ice for one of these games, you should consider yourself a close contact of someone who has COVID-19,” quarantine for 14 days and also get tested, he said.
Shah said further information about the referee’s case was limited, since his agency was just beginning to launch its investigation Thursday.
Asked how many people were potentially exposed to the virus, Shah said the tally could potentially be around 400, while stressing that that’s a “very, very” early estimate that could rise or fall as
The health officials urged people who worked in the White House in the past two weeks, attended the Supreme Court nomination announcement in the Rose Garden or have had close contact with people who did, to get tested and use their local health departments as a resource. The letter contains contact information for the departments.
“As an additional reminder, if you are identified as a contact, having a negative test does not limit the time period within which you are required to quarantine,” the leaders wrote, citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommend a 14-day quarantine.
The letter was distributed to people and organizations in each health department’s network, which in D.C. included Advisory Neighborhood Commission members, the D.C. Council and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, city officials said.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Wednesday that Nesbitt had spoken with the White