Case Surge Comes With Successful COVID-19 Vaccine News

November 20, 2020

Finally, a glimmer of good news related to the pandemic — delivered during some dark days as new COVID-19 infections are averaging well above 100,000 per day in this country. As I am sure [...]

Is Your Tolerance Tank Running on Empty?

November 13, 2020

The holidays are upon us. A time for celebration. Yet how are we supposed to pull that off when not just our own health but also the overall health and well-being of the country are in jeopardy? [...]

Need More To Mask Up and Germaphobes To Calm Down

November 6, 2020

As we enter the cold and flu season, it seems to me that there are some residual benefits from continued COVID-19 safety measures — such as mask wearing, hand hygiene and physical [...]

Why We Must Push Through Pandemic Fatigue

October 30, 2020

A recent Newsday article passed along this reminder of our not-too-distant past: "During the height of the pandemic, the daily toll of infections, hospitalizations and deaths was grim and [...]

Balancing Life Today Is a Shaky Proposition

October 23, 2020

Fall is here, and with it, many experts are weighing in on the extra precautions older adults should be taking to protect themselves. Not mentioned, as far as I can tell, is one major risk of [...]

Bursting a Bubble of Pandemic Grief

October 16, 2020

Try as we might to grab onto the positive, COVID-19 continues to keep us awake at night and haunt us during the day. It is clear it will be with us for a while. We may think that thoughts of [...]

Pandemic Leaves Marks on Our Dreams and Sense of Mortality

October 9, 2020

Sleep should be a welcome break from the daily grind of life during the pandemic. For many, it has instead become a welcome mat for a world of bizarre, often frightening, pandemic-induced dreams. [...]

Pandemic Progress as a Third Wave Looms

October 2, 2020

As I discussed last week, the news of the day never seems good, and the pileup of such stories takes a toll on our psyche. It can lead to a daily cycle of negative thoughts and emotion-driven [...]

The Sickening Effects of the News Cycle

September 25, 2020

Not only does the daily news never seem good, but the bad news seems to be escalating out of control. It is constantly repeated and, as a result, worsened. I admit it is a pattern I am by no [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Defer Medical Treatment During the Pandemic

September 18, 2020

As reported last week, serious depression has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, during the past six months, the growth of U.S. [...]

Mental Health Woes Now Tripled in US Since COVID-19 Outbreak

September 11, 2020

As I discussed last week, from the outset of this pandemic, with each day filled with isolation and uncertainty, mental health issues have continued to worsen in this country. According to a Pew [...]

COVID-19 Mental Health Curve Needs Flattening

September 4, 2020

According to projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new cancer cases in the United States between 2010 and the end of 2020 will have gone up about 24% in [...]