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Unemployment, isolation: COVID-19’s mental health impact

Unemployment, isolation: COVID-19’s mental health impact

sestovic/iStock(NEW YORK) — The death of a loved one. A grave personal illness. Loss of income. These traumatic events rank among the most stressful experiences a person can endure, according to psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe.Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, many American are facing these stressors.The current pandemic is not just a medical tragedy.…read more »

Coronavirus death toll in US likely worse than numbers say

Coronavirus death toll in US likely worse than numbers say

Halfpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — The nation’s death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000 in the last 24 hours, but even that figure belied a grim truth: the real number of deaths is higher, but no one knows how much.”There is no doubt the official death toll is an undercount,” New York City Councilman Mark Levine,…read more »

How a virus researcher makes sure she doesn’t bring coronavirus into her home

How a virus researcher makes sure she doesn’t bring coronavirus into her home

Moyo Studio/iStock(NEW YORK) — After a trip to the grocery store these days, does re-entering your home leave you wondering what level of hazmat decontamination is necessary? We asked Dr. Angela Rasmussen of Columbia University — a researcher who studies viruses, including the one that causes COVID-19 — how she disinfects when returning home from…read more »

Military 3D-printing face shields, reusable N95 masks to address hospital shortages

Military 3D-printing face shields, reusable N95 masks to address hospital shortages

Peter Fitzpatrick/U.S. Navy(NEW YORK) — The U.S. military is 3D-printing face shields, designing reusable plastic N95 masks and sewing surgical masks to increase the supply of critical medical equipment as hospitals across the U.S. work to combat the coronavirus pandemic.Nine Navy and Marine Corps commands began their 3D-printing efforts on March 28 after the Federal…read more »

Calls to US helpline jump 891%, as White House is warned of mental health crisis

Calls to US helpline jump 891%, as White House is warned of mental health crisis

Chainarong Prasertthai/iStock(NEW YORK) — The national hotline providing emergency help to people suffering from emotional distress has received nearly nine times more calls than it did this time last year, with tens of thousands of Americans reaching out for assistance amid the coronavirus crisis, according to U.S. officials.Federal officials on the front lines of the…read more »

DIY masks may not protect you from COVID-19. But here’s why it’s smart to wear one

DIY masks may not protect you from COVID-19. But here’s why it’s smart to wear one

Rike_/iStock(NEW YORK) — Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendation that Americans wear cloth face masks in public, especially in areas with significant COVID-19 spread, many are asking which materials offer the best protection against the virus.Americans can use “cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common…read more »