This past year has been challenging, to say the least. For those of us with children, there have been additional struggles due to the necessity of school closures or balancing childcare while working from home. The costs associated with this have already disproportionately affected the financially strained middle classes. Needless to say, these issues have been met with very little government support or guidance. … [Read more]
As COVID continues to spread around the world, the topic of public health is of paramount importance. But it would be a mistake to view the novel coronavirus pandemic solely in regards to physical health: the virus is also linked (directly and indirectly) to poor mental health, including anxiety and depression.
Children have been especially hard hit in terms of mental health, post-COVID, as they may be more likely to experience abuse, neglect, and/or household dysfunction in the wake of shelter-in-place orders and social distancing mandates.… [Read more]
Western life has never been more toxic than it is currently, two decades into the 21st century. Everything from a growing dependence on fast food to increasingly unclean air and water to the vitriolic hate surrounding every single political interaction has left Americans in an unhealthy stupor.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by simply being alive right now, you’re definitely not alone.… [Read more]
Public health insurance, which includes both Medicare and Medicaid, covered 34.4% of the American population in 2018. Even with those numbers, there’s still a strong stigma against receiving public health coverage.
Unfortunately, this stigma keeps millions of Americans from seeking — and receiving — the health care they need. People aren’t willing to go to the doctor because they have to admit they use Medicaid or Medicare, and they feel shame about it.… [Read more]
There’s no denying that in a matter of a few short months, the novel coronavirus has transformed “normal” life as we knew it. And perhaps the biggest impact has been on our children, who were forced to spend the last months of the 2020 spring semester trying to adjust to distance learning.
Now, as the debate rages about how to keep the schools that have reopened safe, there’s a student population for whom the stakes are especially high. … [Read more]
New York City in 2020 looks much different than its past iterations. A strong contender for the world’s most dynamic city, NYC has lost much of its voice in months since COVID-19 began its reign of terror. Our streets are quieter, and we face an uncertain future.
But as every New Yorker knows, there’s nothing quite like living in NYC.… [Read more]
It’s been several months since the first recorded case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported. In this time, the healthcare industry has been put into overdrive as essential workers try to take care of those infected by the virus. This also means that other health concerns, such as sexual health, have had to be put on the backburner.… [Read more]
If anything good can be said to have come of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is that, at last, our first responders, doctors, and, especially, our nurses are finally being recognized as the true superheroes of the world. But there’s one population of nurses that is too frequently overlooked, and that’s the prison nurse.
Compassion and steely strength are a part of a nurse’s job description.… [Read more]