COVID has brought devastation and struggles upon many people across the world. It's no surprise that people have been feeling more sadness and depression since March of last year. Without the ability to go outside, get face to face contact, and being kept in your house for an extended amount of time will wear down on lots of people, especially if you don't have a family to keep you company. Even with a family, it's easy to get tired of the people you're around after a while. Not only that, some people were then forced to stay inside with their abusers. [...]
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When the vaccine came out this Spring, there was only a vaccine for Adults ages 18+. There wasn't, at the time, a vaccine for any individuals younger, which made this going back to school season somewhat of a controversy. Along with this, the issue of masks was brought up amongst parents, some being in favor of their kids wearing masks, and others against it. The argument for included reasons of the vaccine not being available to these kids, and they are still able to contract the virus. Now that school is back in session, COVID rates among kids have increased. [...]
As the leaves begin to turn, and we get deeper into fall, flu season sneaks up on us. Last year was not a severe year for the flu, but that makes sense considering this time last year schools were online, and we were told to keep inside as much as possible and reduce face to face interactions. Now that school's are back in session, work life is back to normal, and there's a fair amount of (masked and unmasked) face to face interaction, the flu becomes a factor once again and it has begun to spread. What made this flu more [...]
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been fragile, fearful, and composed of mourning for many. We are now over 700,000 deaths in America and that number is continuing to rise quickly. When vaccines were introduced, there was a brief period of time where it felt like we were heading down the path of normality returning. Unfortunately for not only us, but the rest of the world as well, the Delta variant caught significant traction and brought us more devastation at a rapid rate. Vaccinations were helpful for that short period of time earlier this year, but the [...]
Now is about the time of year when people figuratively and literally have grey days. As we get further into fall and approach winter, the weather naturally changes and this can have an effect on people's mental health. Seasonal depression and is very common. The lack of vitamin D, and the ability to get outside and exercise decreases due to bad weather. Seasonal depression is very common, especially in states that see a lot of rain during these months such as the Pacific Northwest. It is completely normal, and if you are feeling down, it's okay and it's normal to [...]
Not to a huge surprise, but to a serious moment of dread, we have now stumbled upon a new COVID variant, which officials are referring to as the C.1.2 variant. There is reason to have suspected this, due to the numerous amount of times the virus has mutated since it's conception, but it adds one more variant to worry about. The Delta variant has been devastating, and if it falls under the same pattern, there is a likely chance that it is at least slightly more aggressive. Medical News Today states, "The more viruses spread, the more likely they are to [...]
Since the beginning of COVID, there has been devastating story, day after day, week after week, with only a relief of the depressing news for a couple of months. We are now over 650,000 deaths due to COVID in America, and the number shows no sign of slowing down. The vaccine was a major relief, and is what allowed us to begin to open fully back up again. That's when the Delta variant came about and took America and many other countries by storm and became the dominant variant in most countries in the world. Hospitals early on became extensively overwhelmed [...]
As of right now, COVID is at its peak in various parts of the globe. The Delta variant has been rapidly spreading because not only is it more contagious than the previous variants, it is also still transmissible to people that are vaccinated. The benefit of having the vaccine reduces your chance of having a severe case, and greatly reduces your chances you're hospitalized or die because of COVID. Researchers around the world have been scrambling to find a treatment to help slow these devastating times. We are seeing countries go back into lockdown, and in America, there are states that [...]
The find of a cure of COVID has been a scramble, and it doesn't seem like we have come to a solution, but with the latest news that has been coming out, it feels like we have been taking steps in the right direction. There was news of a cholesterol lowering drug that has been put into testing, but since that release of the initial news, there hasn't been much since. Researchers have begun to develop a vaccine against the Delta variant, but nothing new has come from that in the recent past. Yesterday, Moderna announced that they are working on [...]
Around the world, people have been working day in and day out to try and establish a vaccine that can help take our world out of its scary current state. We had a few break throughs in America, but those were to combat the original Alpha and Beta variants. The vaccines were Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna. These vaccines had fairly high success rates, until the Delta variant made an imposing entrance. The Delta variant has taken over as the dominant variant because it is more contagious than the original variants and the vaccines are not completely immune to it, [...]