It’s the start of a new school year, and I’ve been thinking about the differences between 2021 and 2022. Last year, many schools had mask mandates, testing programs and quarantine rules (SN: 3/15/22). This year
We know that the coronavirus is still circulating widely and that, left unchecked, it will continue to spread. We also know that the virus has already caused significant disruption to in-person learning. In order to prevent further spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and community, we have put in place measures that will help to stop the spread of the virus and help to prevent excessive disruptions to in-person learning. These measures include: • Requiring all students, staff and
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global issue for over a year now, and scientists have been scrambling to find a way to beat it. In the United States, cases are predicted to rise again in the fall and winter as people spend more time indoors during the colder weather. The Biden Administration has said that there could be 100 million new cases. However, there is new hope in the form of a revamped COVID-19 shot that is now available. The new vaccine is targeting the omicron variant and is available from both Pfizer (for 12 years and up) and Moderna (
Public health officials are urging as many people as possible to get booster shots this fall to help prevent a rise in cases. The original vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing severe illness and death, and it has also helped reduce transmission of the virus. However, the vaccine's efficacy can diminish over time, so it is important to keep up with booster shots. In addition to the vaccine, other measures such as wearing masks, improving ventilation, and avoiding large crowds can also help control the spread of the virus.
It's not sustainable, sensible, or bearable to get a virus that floors you in the same way multiple times a year. That's why we need to take additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Claire Taylor, a physician in the United Kingdom, tweeted about her experience having COVID-19 three times this year, in March, June and August
It’s hard to imagine why anyone would choose to put themselves at such risk – yet people do it all the time. Why? It’s simple, really. We’re social animals. We’re wired to connect with others, to seek out their company and to touch and be touched by them. It’s how we get our needs met, both physically and emotionally. It’s also how we learn and how we teach. It’s how we fall in love and how we raise our young.
While the direct effects of COVID-19 are well known, the indirect effects of the pandemic are only beginning to be understood. One such effect is the expected decline in hospitalizations for urgent heart issues. A study of a large health care system in Massachusetts found that, during the first year of the pandemic, there was a significant drop in the number of expected hospitalizations for heart-related issues
Although the long-term effects of omicron infection are still unknown, it is clear that the virus can have a significant impact on people's lives. For some, the symptoms are so debilitating that they are unable to return to work or school. In severe cases, people have been hospitalised and even died as a result of long COVID. As the number of people affected by long COVID continues to rise, it is important to raise awareness of the condition and to provide support for those who are suffering. If you know
There is a growing concern among medical professionals and the general public about the long-term effects of COVID-19, commonly referred to as "long COVID". Long COVID can leave people unable to work, which is a threat to their ability to support themselves and maintain health insurance. This is also a looming crisis for the economy, as the cost of the wages lost is around $170 billion. There are already an estimated 16.3 million working-age Americans who have long
The psychological toll of COVID-19 has been well documented. A recent study in JAMA Network Open found that people who lost a loved one to the pandemic were more likely to experience depression, anxiety and insomnia. But there are also physical health impacts
Despite the pandemic’s grim toll, researchers say that the number of orphans could have been much worse without interventions such as vaccination and treatment programs. In May 2022, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics that approximately 7.5 million children had lost one or both parents to COVID-19. An estimated 10.5 million children had become orphans or lost caregivers.
Children who have contracted COVID-19 are at a higher risk for developing various health issues compared to those who have not, according to a report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on August 5. These issues include heart inflammation and blood clots, and children can also develop long COVID. In addition, kids and teens have experienced increased anxiety and depression as a result of the pand
We’re just beginning to learn about other health issues that could stem from the virus or the circumstances of the pandemic. A recent U.S. study found an alarming rise in youth-onset type 2 diabetes during the first year of the pandemic compared with the average of the prior two years. New cases jumped by 77 percent in 2020. It’s not clear if the increase is due to COVID-19 infection, shifts in diet or activity or stressors from the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decline in doctor visits and the delivery of maternal and child health care in low- and lower-middle-income countries, resulting in an estimated 110,000 excess deaths among children under 5 and more than 3,000 excess deaths among mothers. This is a serious threat to recent progress in reducing child and maternal mortality. The pandemic has also interfered with vaccination campaigns, leaving children worldwide vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.
There is evidence that suggests that even newborn babies may face worsened health as a result of the pandemic. Studies on prenatal exposures to maternal infection during the 1918 influenza pandemic have found health issues much later in life for the babies born, including higher rates of cardiovascular disease,
In a piece on why studies across the life span of children born to mothers who’ve had COVID-19 are needed, the authors discuss the hypothesis that maternal infections during different trimesters may put the fetal organs developing at the time at risk. For example, the heart develops in the first trimester, the kidneys in the third, so infections in those periods could mean a higher risk later in life of
The pandemic has forced us to change the way we live in order to protect ourselves and others from the virus. Wearing a mask is one of the simplest and most effective ways to do this. Masks work by trapping droplets that are released when we talk, cough, or sneeze. These droplets can contain the virus, so by wearing a mask we can reduce the amount of droplets that
As we continue to learn more about the coronavirus, it's becoming increasingly clear that masks are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the disease. With winter approaching and an expected increase in COVID-19 cases, it makes sense to