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‘It Is Essentially Akin To Solitary Confinement’: UofG Viral Immunologist Frustrated By Child Covid-19 Quarantine Messaging (Guelph Mercury Tribune – 03/30/21)
COVID Waste, Discarded Face Masks Are Killing Wildlife Around The Globe (StudyFinds – 03/26/21)
Homeschooling Nationwide Doubled During Pandemic, Census Bureau Says (The Epoch Times – 03/26/21)

The number of American households homeschooling their children has seen a 100 percent increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau . . . While homeschooling rates increased in every racial and ethnic group, the report noted that the change was the most dramatic among black households. The percentage of black families who reported they were homeschooling their children jumped from 3.3 percent in the spring to 16.1 percent in the fall. For Hispanic households, the rate jumped from 6.2 percent to 12.1 percent, and 4.9 percent to 8.8 percent for Asian households, and from 5.7 percent to 9.7 percent for non-Hispanic white households.

At Least 44 Hand Sanitizers Made Amid Pandemic Shortages Have High Levels Of Cancer-Causing Chemical Benzene Which Is Considered As Dangerous As Asbestos (YourDestinationNow – 03/25/21)
A Silent Byproduct Of The Pandemic: Stress Is Causing A Spike In Chipped And Cracked Teeth (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 03/24/21)
Scared To Death? Doctor Says Patients With Serious Diseases Are Dying From Fear Of COVID-19 (StudyFinds – 03/23/21)
‘I’m Not Sure Where We Go From Here’: Pandemic Fuels Rise In U.S. Homelessness (The Guardian – 03/25/21)
Almost Half Of Young Adults At Clinical Risk Of Mental Health Disorders In ‘Profound Crisis’, Study Shows (The Telegraph – 03/15/21)
COVID Triggers Mental Health Crisis Among Teens (The Defender – 03/08/21)
Microsoft Creates Covid System To ‘Scan Children’ In Schools With Unique Barcode (News Punch – 0/03/21)
British MP David Davis Calls For Vitamin D Therapy To Be Rolled Out ‘Immediately’ (Daily Mail – 02/13/21)
From Medieval Times To Our Current Crisis, Plagues Often Accelerate Extremist Movements (Washington Post – 02/15/21)
America’s Murder Rate Increase In 2020 Has ‘No Modern Precedent’ (New York Post – 02/01/21)
View Of 28-Desk Classroom With Plexiglass Barriers In An Horry County Schools Elementary (Post and Courier Myrtle Beach – 01/16/21)
More Young Men In Western Canada Died Than Expected Last Year — And Not Just Because Of Covid-19 (Toronto Star – 01/04/21)
Husband Sues For Right To Touch Wife In NM Nursing Home Amid Covid-19 Pandemic (KOAT – 12/31/21)
The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 And Sleep (The Atlantic – 12/21/20)

Is one of the most glaring omissions in public-health guidelines right now simply to tell people to get more sleep? The only health advice more banal than being told to wash your hands is being told to sleep more. But it’s a cliché for a reason. Sleep fortifies and prepares us for any given crisis, but especially when the days are short and cold, and people have little else they might do to empower and protect themselves. Monotonous days can slip people into depression, alcohol abuse, and all manner of suboptimal health. It may well turn out that standard pandemic advice should be to wear a mask, keep distances, and get sleep.

That’s easier said than done. Asim Shah, a psychiatry and behavioral-sciences professor at Baylor College of Medicine, believes sleep is at the core of many of the mental-health issues that have spiked over the course of the year. “There’s a complete lack of structure. That has caused a huge disturbance in the sleep cycles,” he says. “Usually everyone has a schedule. They get sunlight and they generate melatonin and it puts them to sleep. Right now we’re seeing people losing interest in things, isolating, not exercising, and then not getting sleep.” Depression and anxiety make insomnia worse, and the cycle degenerates…

Now that so many people’s days lack structure, Shah believes a key to healthy pandemic sleep is to deliberately build routines. On weekends, wake up and go to bed at the same time as you do other days. Take scheduled walks. Get sunlight early in the day. Reduce blue light for an hour before bed. Stay connected with other people in meaningful ways, despite being physically distant.

A Mental Health Pandemic Is Raging Amid COVID-19 And Needs Our Attention, Experts Say (Inside Edition – 12/22/20)
COVID-19 Creating Mental Health Crisis For Children (CBS Los Angels – 12/16/20)
Americans’ Mental Health Ratings Sink to New Low (Gallup – 12/07/20)
China Flight Attendants Advised To Wear Diapers For Covid Protection (CNN – 12/10/20)
‘Suicide Is A Very Real Threat’: Pandemic Depression New, Growing Disorder Linked To COVID-19 (CBS Philly – 12/09/20)
Why The Pandemic Is Causing Spikes In Break-Ups And Divorces (BBC – 12/06/20)

Divorce applications and break-ups [are] skyrocketing across the UK and around the world. Leading British law firm Stewarts logged a 122% increase in enquiries between July and October, compared with the same period last year. Charity Citizen’s Advice reported a spike in searches for online advice on ending a relationship. In the US, a major legal contract-creation site recently announced a 34% rise in sales of its basic divorce agreement, with newlyweds who’d got married in the previous five months making up 20% of sales. There’s been a similar pattern in China, which had one of the world’s strictest lockdowns at the start of the pandemic. The same is true in Sweden, which, until recently, largely relied on voluntary guidelines to try and slow the spread of Covid-19…

UN Health Agency’s Advice For The Holidays: Don’t Hug (Associated Press – 12/07/20)
Self-Talk Saves The World (Inner Light Counseling Collective)

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