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Sound the Alarm: The Moms Are Not Alright 

 

We know that women make less than men during the best of times—in 2018 women’s weekly wages were 81.1% that of men, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During this recession not only were sectors with higher proportions of female employees disproportionately affected, but female employees have been disproportionately more likely to be laid off than their male counterparts. Women-owned businesses are also more likely to be in the healthcare, education, or retail sectors that have been so hard hit during COVID-19. Partially due to lower income overall, women also tend to have less buffer to weather financial storms.

This paints a dire picture for women’s mental health. We can readily empathize with financial strain, the fear that accompanies it and the catastrophic negative impact it can have on mental health. We may also appreciate that despite the reluctance we might frequently feel to get out of bed and go to work on a Monday morning, there is a well-established link between employment and mental health. We know that becoming unemployed is associated with depression and suicidality, and that gaining employment is associated with an improvement in mental health. Furthermore, in a socially distanced world in which women are substantially less able to receive household help or have contact with females outside their immediate household, there is a greater burden on the support that partners provide. Unfortunately, we know that within relationships, financial concerns are a major driver of conflict between partners, jeopardizing the support available to struggling mothers.

Sound the Alarm: The Moms Are Not Alright

Tags: Awareness, Children, Choices, Environment, Investment, Life Sucks, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Psychology, Punishment, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Women

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23-Nov-2020


The great COVID getaway: Millions of Americans carry on with their holiday plans ahead of Thanksgiving despite CDC advice to stay home as cases top 12 MILLION and hospitalizations reach 82k 

 

Millions of Americans are carrying on with their travel plans ahead of Thanksgiving weekend despite the CDC's urgent warnings to stay home as the number of daily cases and hospitalizations in the country continue to hit record highs.

Confirmed cases in the U.S. for the disease topped 12 million on Saturday as more than 193,000 new infections were recorded in the US on Friday. This broke the previous record for the largest single-day spike on Thursday - and over 82,000 patients are now hospitalized across the country.

Daily deaths also skyrocketed to 2,015, the highest number of fatalities per day since May during the initial peak of the virus, according to health data from Johns Hopkins University.

The alarming surge shows the nation is facing a second wave of the coronavirus this winter that could be more dangerous and widespread than the initial outbreak earlier this year.

'When you look at what's happening now, the rate of rise is dramatically different,' White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, Dr Deborah Birx told CNN. 'This is faster. It's broader. And what worries me, it could be longer.'

It has also sparked fears among health experts that Thanksgiving travel and holiday gatherings next week will only fuel the spread of the virus and prolong the length of the pandemic.

The great COVID getaway

Tags: Choices, Coronavirus, Environment, Etiquette, Fail, Family, Fucking The Environment!, Health, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Interference, Nobody Cares, Prediction, Priorities, Safety, Self Interest, Social Distancing, Travel, Unruly Child

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21-Nov-2020


California Cases Climb to a Record as State Curfew Begins 

 

The cases topped Friday’s record of 13,005 infections, bringing the total to almost 1.1 million. The number of deaths increased by 86 to 18,643, state data showed. The increased patient load left California’s hospitals with just 1,921 intensive-case unit beds available, near the low in July.

A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be imposed in most counties for a month to ease the rate of infection, affecting areas that encompass 37 million people, or 94% of the population.

Only 10 countries globally have more cases than California, where the number of cases now exceeds those in Mexico and Germany, which have been hot spots for the pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier in the week that the curfew will stop nonessential work and gatherings to “flatten the curve again,” reflecting growing alarm among state officials as the third wave of coronavirus infections to hit the state gathers momentum.

California Cases Climb to a Record as State Curfew Begins

Most COVID Spreaders, You'd Never Expect: CDC

Tags: Awareness, Coronavirus, Curfew, Discipline, Etiquette, Health, Priorities, Quarantine, Sacrifice, Safety, Stepping Up, Survival, Threat, Unity, World

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21-Nov-2020


CDC urges Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving as coronavirus outbreak worsens 

 

Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said there is “no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask.”

“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” he said. “For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living.”

Walke added that the CDC is concerned “about the transportation hubs.” He said he’s worried people won’t be able to maintain social distancing while waiting in line, for example, to board buses and planes.

CDC urges Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving as coronavirus outbreak worsens

Tags: Coronavirus, Environment, Holidays, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Policy, Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Superiority, Travel, Unity, Unruly Child, World

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19-Nov-2020


‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges 

 

Hospitals in at least 25 states are critically short of nurses, doctors, and other staff as coronavirus cases surge across the United States, according to the industry’s trade association and a tally conducted by STAT. The situation has gotten so bad that in some places, severely ill patients have been transferred hundreds of miles for an available bed — from Texas to Arizona, and from central Missouri to Iowa.

Many of these hospitals spent months building up stockpiles of medical equipment and protective gear in response to Covid-19, but the supplies are of little use without adequate staffing.

“Care is about more than a room with a hospital bed. It’s about medical professionals taking care of patients,” said John Henderson, chief executive of the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH). “If you don’t have the staff to do that, people are going to die.”

‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges

Tags: Awareness, Death, Employment, Fail, Health, Illness, Interference, Lockdown, No more Heroes, Nobody Cares, Priorities, Punishment, Responsibility, Sacrifice, Safety, Social Distancing, Survival, World

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19-Nov-2020


Dog walking increases odds of catching COVID by 78 percent, here's why 

 

A group of researchers in Spain have been looking at how different regular activities affect your chances of catching the coronavirus, and there is some bad news: Walking the dog increases your odds of catching COVID by 78 percent.

Dog walking increases odds of catching COVID by 78 percent, here's why

Dog owners can enjoy perks and gifts all weekend long for ‘Packed Weekend’ in New York City

Tags: Animals, Celebration, Choices, Contagion, Coronavirus, Environment, Pets, Responsibility, Safety, Science, Social Distancing, Statistics, Study, Threat, Weird

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19-Nov-2020


Hundreds of Companies That Got Stimulus Aid Have Failed 

 

About 300 companies that received as much as half a billion dollars in pandemic-related government loans have filed for bankruptcy, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of government data and court filings.

Many of the companies, which employ a total of about 23,400 workers, say the funds from the Paycheck Protection Program weren’t enough to keep them going as the coronavirus and lack of additional stimulus payments weighed on their businesses.

Hundreds of Companies That Got Stimulus Aid Have Failed

Tags: $, Bankruptcy, Business, Fail, Govt, Safety, Service, Support, Threat, Treatment

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18-Nov-2020


'Time is of the essence': 94% of CA population plunges into most restrictive COVID tier 

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that most California counties will soon be in the state's most restrictive COVID-19 tier amid a surge in cases and that the state is considering a curfew.

"California is pulling an emergency brake," he said in announcing that 41 counties, which comprise over 94% of the state's population, will be in the purple tier, effective Tuesday. Last week, 13 counties were in the state's most restrictive tier.

“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet -- faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes."

When counties are in the purple tier, indoor operations for places like museums, houses of worship, gyms and restaurants are not allowed. When counties move into the less restrictive red tier, they can resume indoor operations at several businesses -- but with modifications.

'Time is of the essence': 94% of CA population plunges into most restrictive COVID tier

Philadelphia Bans Nearly All Indoor Gatherings For The Rest Of The Year

More than 300 people exposed to COVID-19 at super-spreader Washington wedding

'Patients go in and only come out in a body bag': El Paso nurse describes 'The Pit' where COVID patients get just three rounds of CPR before being left to die as Texas enlists inmates to move bodies at morgue for $2 an hour

Tags: Closing, Contagion, Coronavirus, Curfew, Death, Environment, Etiquette, Medical, Parties, Policy, Quarantine, Safety, Social Distancing, Threat, Treatment, Wedding

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17-Nov-2020


A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks? 

 

Sandy Kretschmer imagines her son Henry returning home from college, dropping his bags and then giving her a big hug. But she knows the reality of this homecoming may be a lot different.

"I'll probably have a mask on, and he'll have a mask on when I hug him," she says.

Henry plans to take a COVID-19 test a few days before he leaves Iowa State University where he's a junior, and he'll self-quarantine until he heads home to Chicago.

"There are students who are choosing to stay in the dorms because they have family members who are high risk," she says.

She recommends students take another test when they get home, and in the meantime, they should stay masked up after they return home and keep 6 feet away from other family members.

A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?

Holidays are dicey this year. Here are ideas for safe ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Tags: Celebration, Contagion, Coronavirus, Environment, Family, Health, Holidays, Instructional, Parental Burden, Priorities, Safety, Survival, Vulnerable

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14-Nov-2020


‘Covid-hell.’ ‘Humanitarian disaster.’ Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak. 

 

Public health experts are sounding the alarm about the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States as the coronavirus spreads through the country largely unabated and officials muse aloud about the possibility of fresh lockdowns.

“Our hospitals are full,” Megan Ranney, an emergency medicine professor at Brown University, said in an interview. “Our workers are getting sick. And it is simply overwhelming the system.”

The rapid rise in hospitalizations could foreshadow a long period of rising deaths, said Scott Gottlieb, former director of the Food and Drug Administration. Although improvements in care have pushed the mortality rate below 1 percent in the United States, 1,549 people died of the virus Wednesday, the highest toll since April.

Frieden tweeted that the United States has entered “the exponential phase” of virus spread and that the situation will worsen significantly before it improves. But he emphasized that policy decisions have an impact, and throwing in the towel is the wrong solution.

“If people on the whole just go to the store one less time a week, you could substantially reduce spread,” Gottlieb said on “Squawk Box.”

The holiday season, meanwhile, is a looming danger that Ranney expects will lead to a “deadly” spike in infections. The virus’s prevalence across the country means that this is the worst time for people to increase their risk of transmission by attending family-centric celebrations, she said.

‘Covid-hell.’ ‘Humanitarian disaster.’ Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

California becomes second state in US to surpass 1m Covid-19 cases

Dr. Birx advises no extended family gatherings in Utah for Thanksgiving, Christmas

Orange County at risk of reverting to most restrictive purple tier as COVID-19 infection rates rise

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells city to stay at home for 30 days, cancel Thanksgiving plans and puts 10-person limit on gatherings due to COVID-19 spike - days after she joined crowds celebrating Biden's win

Tags: Cancelled, Celebration, Coronavirus, Environment, Etiquette, Family, Health, Holidays, Investment, Masks, Quarantine, Responsibility, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Science, Self Interest, Social Distancing, Surge, Survival, Threat, Travel, Unity, Warning

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13-Nov-2020


Monster alligator prowls Florida golf course during Tropical Storm Eta 

 

Oh snap!

Jaws dropped when a massive dinosaur-like alligator was caught prowling the lawn of a Florida golf club during Tropical Storm Eta.

The mammoth emerald beast, with legs longer than a dog’s and a hulking, meaty torso, was caught on video taking a stroll through the Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples as the downgraded hurricane battered Florida’s Gulf coast Wednesday.

Monster alligator prowls Florida golf course during Tropical Storm Eta

Tags: Animals, Environment, Evolution, Nature, Safety, Social Distancing, Survival, Weather

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13-Nov-2020


School lunch company produced juice with high levels of arsenic and toxins: report 

 

A company that supplied a federal school lunch program sold juice with high levels of arsenic and used rotten fruit in their product, the FDA charged in a new lawsuit, according to a report.

In the suit, which was filed in federal court in Washington state against the company Valley Processing, food safety inspectors said they found high levels of arsenic in 17 batches of apple juice and two batches of pear juice during a 2019 inspection, The New York Times reported.

Investigators also found high levels of a toxin produced by rotting or moldy apples and pears in the company’s juice, according to the report.

School lunch company produced juice with high levels of arsenic and toxins: report

Tags: Business, Children, Choices, Education, Environment, Hate, Health, Misrepresentation, Neglect, Parental Burden, Safety, Students, Toxic

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11-Nov-2020


How might a mask mandate play out? Look to the battle over seat belt laws 

 

If public health officials want to get people to wear masks to curb the spread of Covid-19, they might take a lesson from what is now a widely accepted aspect of American life: buckling up.

Beginning in the 1950s, the effort to get people to adopt seat belts took legislation, enforcement, and public health campaigns. And, especially in its early days, it was met with misinformation and pushback, especially around personal freedom.

“Industry didn’t want to bring up the issue of safety,” Ralph Nader, a consumer activist and early seat belt champion, told STAT. “They were selling high performance, speed, and glamour.”

How might a mask mandate play out? Look to the battle over seat belt laws

Tags: Coronavirus, Enforcement, Environment, Evolution, Exclusivity, Health, Masks, Policy, Protection, Safety, Saving The Environment!

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11-Nov-2020


Kids have regressed due to COVID-19 restrictions, with some potty-trained kids going back to diapers, experts say
 

An education watchdog in the U.K. found that some children have regressed due to COVID-19-related school closures and restrictions. A report from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, says some kids have fallen back in basic skills – and some who were greatly impacted have even forgotten how to use a fork and knife.

One is the "hardest hit" group of young kids. This group has suffered from time out of school and has gone backwards on words and numbers. This group has also reverted to diapers after being potty-trained or lost "basic skills" such as using a knife and fork.

The majority of children are in the middle group and "have slipped back in their learning to varying degrees since schools were closed to most children and movement restricted." According to Spielman, the "lost learning is unarguable, but it is hard to assess."

The Ofsted inspectors said older children have lost their "stamina" for reading. The watchdog also warned that older kids might show loss of concentration when returning to school, noting that fights on social media started during the lockdown are now "being played out in the classroom."

Kids have regressed due to COVID-19 restrictions, with some potty-trained kids going back to diapers, experts say

Tags: Awareness, Brain, Children, Education, Environment, Evolution, Family, Intelligence, Interference, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Modernization, Nature, Neglect, Parental Burden, Priorities, Safety, Survival

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10-Nov-2020


'Stop the gatherings:' Washington health officials aim to slow accelerated COVID-19 transmission 

 

Over the last week, Washington broke two records for highest daily case count since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to Department of Health data.

Health officials in Washington state are warning of an increase in COVID-19 transmission in the coming months.

Dr. Kathy Lofy, the state health officer, advises people to stop socializing so we can flatten the curve and prevent another economic shutdown.

“Accelerated growth in (COVID-19) cases in past two weeks… at this point in time, it's the highest number of cases we’ve ever had, and our case count is accelerating," Lofy said.

'Stop the gatherings:' Washington health officials aim to slow accelerated COVID-19 transmission

Tags: Coronavirus, Environment, Etiquette, Safety, Surge, Vulnerable, Warning

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10-Nov-2020




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