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The Four Children of COVID-19

The Jewish holiday of Passover is less than four weeks away. It is looking like COVID-19 will impact the possibility of gathering multiple generations of family and friends who would typically squeeze together around the dining table for a banquet of traditional foods and the…
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Covid Positive

In addition to waking up to cards, flowers, and loving messages from my kids on Mother’s Day, I also woke up with COVID.  As one of the thousands of New Yorkers to test positive in this recent wave of the pandemic, I had time to…
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Mental Health on the Frontlines of COVID-19

…for hundreds of first responders in the immediate aftermath and for more than two decades now following 9/11. She is on the frontlines again with COVID-19. Photo Credit When I asked her how she was doing the other day, she broke down and cried. “Kathy,…
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A Year of COVID by Broadway

…our own. We could each chart our own COVID journeys in the epic music of Broadway. Here’s mine: 1. One Day More, Les Miserables. Grand saga. Historic proportions. One day more / Another day, another destiny / This never-ending road to Calvary… Persevering through adversity…
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Masks and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent article on ever-evolving policies on wearing masks, Kathy’s Five on Friday was referenced and quoted, as wearing a mask can be “like talking on your phone in a zone with weak cell service.” Read the article in The New York Times here,…
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Among the Most Vulnerable in Our Communities

…contract COVID-19. Individuals with serious mental illness are also likely to face challenges with housing and employment that increase risk of exposure to COVID-19. For those who depend on housing supports, they often live in close quarters with shared public spaces and limited privacy. For…
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Is A Shadow Pandemic Brewing?

…on in the workplace, the stresses of COVID-19 have been huge – for individuals and organizations alike. Photo Credit Headlines are predicting that mental health concerns will be the shadow pandemic of COVID-19 as study after study reports dramatically elevated levels of distress, fear, worry,…
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Trouble Sleeping?

…especially important now given the threat of contracting COVID-19 and all the concomitant stresses. 2. Some Basic Tips for Good Sleep. The perennial recommendations for good sleep hygiene hold true during COVID-19. We have a strong evidence base of what works to support good sleep, but…
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It’s Enough Already

…this pandemic, the WHO estimated that mental disorders impacted one in four people in the world. The unique stressors of COVID-19 have made mental health concerns even more common. It is also not new that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting marginalized communities. Black Americans are 2.4 times more likely to die…
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With Our Young and With Our Old

…advance planning reduces stress and anxiety for older adults and family members. At times like this, it really is essential. 3. Older Adults, Emergency Departments and COVID-19. Health and Aging Policy Fellow Kathleen Unroe co-authored a piece in The Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine entitled “COVID-19 in Older Adults:…
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Women On My Mind

…model coping and resilience characterized by confidence and calm, the traumatic effects of the bombing were mitigated for the children. 2. Women are reporting more stress than men during COVID-19. Most Americans report that COVID-19 is impacting their lives in some significant way according to a recent Pew…
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Sakura 2020

…are what we eat (which is why when it comes to COVID-19, I do not agree with the current US president’s suggestion to ingest disinfections to treat COVID-19). 3. Breathing in Nature to Improve Mental Health. We all have our favorite smells, and aromatherapy products are a testament…
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