The United States on Friday cleared President Joe Biden’s goal of injecting 100 million coronavirus shots, paving the way for new targets in the country’s vaccination effort – possibly a target of 200 million doses by Biden’s 100th day in office.
In Washington, state officials are reviewing new federal guidelines that will allow schools to place students in elementary classes 3 feet apart, but do not plan to change state guidelines immediately.
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In Seattle, like everywhere else, hope lies ahead of us – but we didn’t get through the post-traumatic stress of COVID-19
Even after vaccination, Washingtoners and others will have to grapple with mental health issues that emerged during the pandemic, therapists warn.
And as the nation goes through a March second in a pandemic, feelings of sadness and hopelessness over a year that has been lost are heightened, as are feelings of fear about what a post-pandemic world might look like.
Countless surveys and studies have looked at depression and anxiety that have emerged or worsened in the past year, as well as specific issues affecting the most severely affected populations, such as young teens fighting for Zoom School, or Octogenarian isolated at home or in nursing home rooms.
There was also the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police force and the protests that followed, unhealthy air from massive forest fires, the presidential election and the siege of the US Capitol.
“Trying to pretend we will get away with it as a society prepares us for some ‘ought’ that will be harmful,” said Katherine Walter, owner of Catalyst Counseling, a Woodinville resident (before everyone moved in with us ) work from home) practice with 10 clinicians. “We’re going to be tagged, but let’s see how we can be as healthy as possible.”
Research has found that 40% of Americans reported having anxiety or depressive disorders During the pandemic, which is four times what it was before the pandemic, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and at higher rates of women, Black and Hispanic Americans and key workers reported the same symptoms. A national hotline received 176,645 more calls asking for referrals for mental or substance abuse disorders in 2020 than in 2019, an increase of 27%. A Gallup poll found that more Americans rated their mental health worse in 2020 than any year over the past 20 years.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported a 70% increase in phone calls and other messages compared to 2019, and NAMI Seattle’s call volume increased about 50% over the summer and fall, according to program manager Katie Mahoney. NAMI Seattle has also seen specific increases in calls and inquiries from parents of teenagers and young adults whose families are struggling with mental health problems.
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The Tokyo Olympics will be closed to overseas viewers as part of the COVID-19 measure
TOKYO – Overseas viewers are not allowed to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics in order to reduce the risk of a pandemic, the Games Organizing Committee said on Saturday.
Tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, a statement said.
“The fact that viewers are unable to attend the games from abroad is very disappointing and regrettable,” Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, told a press conference.
The move was due to the pandemic situation, including concerns about the congestion on the Japanese health system and the need to keep participants safe, Hashimoto said.
“It was an inevitable decision,” she said after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Japanese government and the Tokyo government.
“The Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different from the past, but the basics will remain the same,” she said. “The athletes will risk everything and inspire people with their outstanding performance.”
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