As parents plan for the holidays, Washington children’s hospitals are suffering capacity and staffing issues that are putting significant strain on providers. A surge in RSV, a contagious respiratory virus, is bringing pediatric hospital staffing and financial issues to the forefront. Flu cases are also beginning to rise and hospital officials are looking toward another potential Covid-19 wave, they worry about the capacity for the state’s youngest patients.
Why the Biden Administration is Suspending Free Mail-Order Covid Tests
In the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the US government began the development and distribution of Covid vaccines and tests. Now, the majority of the population has either caught, or knows somebody who has caught the virus. However, despite the high frequency, or perhaps because of it, the government has announced that they will no longer be giving away free Covid tests through the mail.
Characteristics of Monkeypox and Covid-19 and How to Differentiate Them
With both Covid-19 spreading rapidly and Monkeypox cases being on the rise, confusing the two viruses is almost a given. It can be very nerve-wracking when you start to feel symptoms and don’t know which virus you could possibly have. Many health experts have expressed that the two viruses are incredibly different from one another regarding transmission and symptoms. Below are some of the key differences and characteristics of both the Monkeypox virus and Covid-19.
Summer Covid Wave Surpassing Last Winter’s Case Numbers
Considering that it is now July of 2022 and the Covid-19 pandemic began over two years ago, it is bizarre to think about how through waves of mandatory quarantine and mask mandates, there continue to be spikes in Covid cases. Within schools and universities for the 2021-22 year, mask mandates were generally lifted as students were able to return to in-person classes, and stores and restaurants fully opened up to the public with no masks required. While there was a surge in cases last winter, with an increase in general illness around cold and flu season, CDC officials have noted that this new summer surge has resulted in even more Covid cases nationwide.
Parental Burnout: How to Cope with Exhaustion, 2 Years
after the Pandemic
Parental burnout is a syndrome by which parents experience general exhaustion and high levels of stress. Back in the 80s, when this term became known, it referred to parents of children with severe health problems, who inevitably would become emotionally exhausted and drained. Nowadays, the term parental burnout is used to encompass all parents who experience chronic physical, mental and emotional stress as a result of their parenting activities
NYC Raises Covid Alert to Medium
The city of New York has moved its Covid-19 risk level from low to medium, or from green to yellow, due to the fast increase in cases. According to the city’s Department of Health website, there are nearly 2,500 new cases in New York every day, over 4 times more than the approximate 600 new daily cases registered in March.
Mental Health Becomes Unbearable for U.S. Teens
The shadows of depression and suicide have been creeping into the lives of American teens. One 13-year-old girl from Minneapolis ran into the woods. The mother saw her daughter’s phone and she was shocked to see that there was self-harm from her daughter’s ankles in the pictures. She followed her daughter into the woods in hopes that her daughter would not commit suicide.
2 New Covid Variants are Spreading in New York
As the Easter weekend approaches, state health care officials are worried about the two new Omicron variants spreading fast in New York. Known as BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, these new versions of Covid-19 could be responsible for the rise in cases in the United States and New York, as they comprise 90% of all the cases detected in the state.
Despite COVID-19 Cases Going Up, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator is not Concerned
The kids have gotten out of spring break. As more people are meeting up and public spaces are opening without the mask mandate, COVID-19 becomes an uninvited guest. The White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, doesn’t think we should be too concerned about these increasing numbers.
The CDC Signs Off on Second COVID-19 Shot for People 50+
On Tuesday, March 29th, the CDC and other U.S. regulators approved and authorized a second COVID-19 booster shot for individuals 50 years old and older, providing more protection for individuals more vulnerable. Individuals over the age of 50 can now receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.
Companies are Raising Wages for Employees
If you’ve gone to the store or filled up your gas tank recently, you’ve seen the daily impact of inflation. In a recent study, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows consumer prices jumping up 7% in December. This is a 40-year high. With living costs rising, employees argue that companies should be raising wages as well. While most Americans saw a pay increase last year because of the pandemic, especially those front-line workers in retail, grocery and fast food seeing large pay increases, inflation is re-adjusting many people’s way of life.
Senate Votes To Overturn President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Businesses
This past September, President Joe Biden announced his federal mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a vaccination requirement for federal contractors. Immediately, the mandate was viewed as controversial by Republicans and essential by Democrats.