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It is not only safe, but necessary to stay up-to-date on recommended vaccines.
New Campaign Encourages All to “Keep Up The Rates” and Get Vaccinated Amidst COVID-19
National Foundation for Infectious Diesease

2021

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial trauma have caused an unprecedented disruption in the lives of youth ages 10-18, leading to an increase in mental health concerns. Schoolwide mental health screenings, rebuilding relationships with teachers and peers, and providing additional resources to reduce stress and anxiety can help address students mental health needs, says a new rapid expert consultation from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Powers-James, Catherine. "Coping with burnout: 3 steps to get started." MD Anderson Cancer Center, May 10, 2021.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over a long period of time.

People usually talk about burnout in the workplace, but everyday factors can contribute to it, too. That includes ongoing financial struggles and chronic tension in personal relationships – and now living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Throw in a cancer diagnosis and some level of burnout is almost inevitable – whether you’re a patient or a caregiver.

So, how do you prevent burnout if you haven’t reached that point yet? And how can you find some relief if you’re already burned out? Here’s a three-step guide to get you started.

Bassett. Mike. "Collapse in Cancer Screenings Had Lasting Impact." MedPage Today, April 30, 2021.

— "Cancers are not taking a break during a pandemic," says breast cancer expert

Hymel, Pamela, William Kassler, and J. Brent Pawlecki.. "It’s time to make public health a priority for business." Fortune, march 27, 2021.

With more than a half a million lives lost and 100,000 businesses permanently shuttered in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inextricable link between healthy communities and a strong, resilient economy—and our collective failure to better prepare for this foreseeable crisis. 

Minered, Jeff. "Stay-at-Home Orders Linked to Weight Gain." MedPage Today, March 22, 2021.

Americans gained weight after being told to stay out of public places during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a small longitudinal cohort study.

North American Quitline Consortium. "Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Smoking Cessation." March 12, 2021.

A new report released on March 12, from the North American Quitline Consortium, confirms a drastic decline in requests for stop-smoking services.

L. Bailey and K. Mason. "Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Smoking Cessation." North American Quitline Consortium, March 1, 2021.

In 2020 calls to the state quitlines decreased by nearly 30% compared to 2019. The 2020 call volume was the lowest since 2007. 

Reports of swollen underarm lymph nodes after vaccination prompts experts to issue new mammography screening recommendations

Scherer, Liz. "The COVID-19 Vaccines and Cancer: What You Need to Know." Everyday Health, February 18, 2021.

Is it safe? Will you have a reaction? Will you develop antibodies if you’re immunosuppressed? We have the answers.

Rauf, Don. "The Latest Intel on Face Masks and the Coronavirus." Everyday Health, February 18, 2021.

Are you clear about what you should and shouldn’t be doing when it comes to wearing face masks during the pandemic? Here’s a look at the latest science on double masking, best and worst mask types, and more.

NCI Staff. "Coronavirus Vaccines and People with Cancer: A Q&A with Dr. Steven Pergam." National Cancer Institute, February 10, 2021.

Many people being treated for cancer are asking whether they should get one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Steven Pergam, M.D., of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, was a co-leader of a committee formed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) that recently released recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination in cancer patients. In this Q&A, Dr. Pergam discusses some of the questions people with cancer and cancer survivors have about these vaccines.

Millard, Elizabeth. "How to Cope With Work-From-Home Burnout." Everyday Health, January 27, 2021.

Unfortunately, the end of the year doesn’t mean the pandemic-fueled work situation is over. Already burned out? Here are some tips to help you cope.

Sood, Amit, MD. "Your 10-Point Self-Care Plan for Boosting Resilience This COVID-19 Winter." Everyday Health, January 26, 2021.

Even Amit Sood, MD, one of the leading experts in combatting chronic stress and building resilience, realized he had to up his well-being routine in the face of winter’s seasonal darkness and a still rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Consider which ones you might be able to incorporate into your everyday routine to build resilience and enhance your health and well-being. Let these self-care practices inspire you to learn about other evidence-based strategies you might be able to add to your resilience toolkit.

2020

Miller, Elizabeth. "How to Not Let Pandemic Fatigue Turn Into Pandemic Burnout." Everyday Health, November 9, 2020.

As the COVID-19 health crisis drags on (and on and on), lack of an endpoint is causing frayed nerves and heightened frustration. Here are strategies that can help.

Beusekom, Mary Van. "Depression triples in US adults amid COVID-19 stressors." CIDRAP, September 3, 2020.

COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in US adults in all demographic groups—especially in those with financial worries—and the rise is much higher than after previous major traumatic events, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open.

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