As reported last week, there were some questions if the Olympics would resume this year as normal after last years delay due to COVID-19. The CEO of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan has not counted out a last minute cancellation of the Olympics due to the surge in cases in Japan, their low vaccination rate, and some of the top athletes have been pulled from the games due to health and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19. Japan has seen the highest amount of cases per day in about the last week, since January. Japan is also only about 20% vaccinated, and [...]
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The Delta variant has brought us another wave of COVID to the world. The scary part about the Delta variant is that it's much more contagious, and symptoms are more severe. Fully vaccinated individuals are still able to contract the Delta variant, but are significantly less likely to have severe symptoms or end up in the hospital. Vaccinated people are likely to feel like they have a cold, but are can still pass it on to others. Will this lead to another mask mandate? Fox News states, "The Biden administration is reportedly weighing whether to formally urge vaccinated Americans to once again [...]
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo has certainly seen some backlash, and understandably so. There are already over 70 confirmed cases within the athletes, and Japan has seen the most COVID cases per day in the last couple weeks than they have since January of 2021. COVID cases are on the rise again in Japan, and there seems to be a correlation with the Olympics. The CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stated early this week that it's not impossible that the Olympics are cancelled, especially since the cases are surging again. In a way, this is putting the people of [...]
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23, but Japan is currently seeing a surge in new cases, and it isn't impossible for the plug to be pulled on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, once again. CNN states, "Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto isn't ruling out a last minute cancellation of the Olympic Games amid rising Covid-19 cases." Certainly, this would be devastating to the athletes that have already been forced to postpone their once in a lifetime experience; however, the government has to have a point where the greater good becomes more important than a few week event, [...]
With the Olympics right around the corner and the Delta variant on the rise, we shouldn't expect the Olympics to be the normal Summer Olympics that we always see. The Olympic Games are just a few days away, and we have already seen COVID have an impact on the Olympics. Because of COVID, we won't be able to see some of the top athletes compete at this years games because of health and safety protocols. The USA team, specifically, has dealt with their fair share of COVID cases right before the Olympics, preventing athletes to compete in the less than [...]
The 2020 (2021) Summer Olympics have already been delayed a year since COVID had started to shut the world down in the months prior to its start date. We have taken large steps in the past few months in the battle against COVID, but the Delta strain is the latest worry. It has caused a spike in cases, and has brought the case numbers in Japan to a 6 month high, one week before the Olympics. What does this mean for athletes and fans? The Olympics are supposed to start on July 23, and the Olympics are a fear inducing [...]
The Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused another spike in cases, and it's starting to cause a surge in cases. The vaccine is not 100% immune to the Alpha strain, the Delta variant is an even lower percentage. This means that people with the vaccine can still contract the virus. However, with the vaccine, the likely hood of your case being severe and hospitalizing you is fairly low. Delta is starting to take over, is it going to cause us to wear masks again? Or what about another possible shut down? As of July 15, Los Angeles County in California [...]
Eating disorders are a serious that can be fatal illness, "that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions," as stated by the National Institute of Mental Health. There are different types of eating disorders, but each being as serious as the next. Not only is it really sad to see somebody struggling with an eating disorder, but in some way, that person is battling something, and potentially suffering. There are three main eating disorders that we will discuss in this article: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is defined by [...]
Another fairly talked about mental health disorder is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 1.2% of U.S. adults have OCD. The NIMH describes OCD: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over." As reported by the NIMH, obsessions, "are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Common symptoms include: Fear of germs or contamination Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, or harm Aggressive thoughts [...]
COVID-19 brought a lot of devastation with it. It is already responsible for more than 600,000 deaths in the United States, and has made it's way to every continent, mutated, and brought on multiple waves. But, what isn't talked about enough, is the mental health impact that COVID-19 brought along with it. From being in lockdown for a year, to isolation, to job loss, there were lots of reason COVID-19 could have taken a significant impact on an individuals mental health. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), one in ten adults in June 2019 reported some symptoms of anxiety [...]