Managing seasonal depression amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dovie Salais

As long sunny days turn shorter and darker some people begin to experience seasonal depression.

But, many of us are already feeling low-grade depression due to COVID-19 restrictions, which could turn fall and winter into a real mental health struggle.

“If we’re already feeling some helplessness, hopelessness, irritability, confinement and we add the winter months to it — short daylight hours, limited exposure to daylight; those that are experiencing seasonal

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Calls for mental health supports grow in Toronto as coronavirus pandemic continues

Dovie Salais


a group of people standing on a lush green field: People gather outdoors at Riverdale Park East in Toronto on Oct. 3, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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People gather outdoors at Riverdale Park East in Toronto on Oct. 3, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls for mental health referrals have been on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic, especially in recent months, leading to concerns for how demand will grow during a cold and isolating winter on the way.

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Onondaga County to test wastewater at nursing homes to prevent coronavirus resurgence

Dovie Salais

Syracuse, N.Y. – Onondaga County will begin testing wastewater at nursing homes and assisted living facilities next week to protect their vulnerable residents from coronavirus outbreaks.

Coronavirus can be shed in the feces of people who are both symptomatic and asymptomatic. The system already is being used to test wastewater in dormitories at Syracuse University and many SUNY campuses.

“It’s an early indicator to tell us if there is a

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Coronavirus: Doctors worry seasonal depression could compound mental health amid COVID-19 pandemic

Dovie Salais
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The sunny days are shorter and it’s getting darker earlier. Many people experience seasonal depression this time of year as it is, but doctors are now worried about how this is playing out alongside a pandemic.

The Cleveland Clinic says people are already feeling low grade depression because of COVID-19.

Add seasonal affective disorder to this already challenging time and they say fall and winter are shaping

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Coronavirus outbreak at two Alamance nursing facilities

Dovie Salais

Health officials reported there have been COVID-19 outbreaks at the Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes facility in Burlington and Peak Resources in Graham.

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at two nursing facilities in Alamance County, North Carolina.

Alamance County Health Department officials reported outbreaks at the Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes facility in Burlington and Peak Resources in Graham. An outbreak is

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Seniors protest against coronavirus lockdowns outside nursing home

Dovie Salais

Roughly 20 nursing home residents in Colorado gathered outside their residence to protest against coronavirus restrictions in the state.

“We did this because one thing we have to look forward to is a simple hug,” one resident of the Fairacres Manor nursing home in Greeley, Colorado, told CBS 4 Denver last week. “It gives us meaning.”

Several of the residents in the protest were in wheelchairs and held signs

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Canada’s chief science advisor warns coronavirus could still overwhelm health-care system

Dovie Salais

Canada’s chief science advisor Mona Nemer is warning Canadians that the novel coronavirus could get worse before it gets better. This is despite progress researchers have made toward finding a vaccine.



Mona Nemer standing in front of a curtain: Chief science advisor Mona Nemer makes her way to seat for a news conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Ottawa.


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Chief science advisor Mona Nemer makes her way to seat for a news conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Ottawa.

Asked if there’s a chance hospitals might succumb to the recent surge in COVID-19

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Coronavirus: Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems

Dovie Salais

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating: tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up

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Nursing home residents stage protest of coronavirus restrictions

Dovie Salais

About 20 residents of a Greeley, Colo., nursing facility gathered to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions in the state.

The residents, many of them wheelchair users, assembled outside Fairacres Manor Thursday, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” said Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at the facility, according to CBS4. 

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Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans have antibodies to coronavirus, study finds | News Center

Dovie Salais

About 9% of people nationwide have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a new study led by Stanford School of Medicine investigators. 

“This is the largest study to date to confirm that we are nowhere near herd immunity,” said Julie Parsonnet, MD, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health, referring to the point at which a large part of the population becomes immune to a specific disease.

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WHO chief lauds Aarogya Setu app, says it helped health depts identify coronavirus clusters

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing a suit and tie: WHO chief


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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded the Aarogya Setu app developed in India that the government has been using to notify users about coronavirus cases. Tedros said the Aarogya Setu app has helped Indian health authorities identify coronavirus clusters and expand testing in those areas.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, “Aarogya Setu app from India has been downloaded by 150 million users and has helped city public

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Shenzhen-listed traditional medicine makers ride high on endorsement by public face of China’s fight against coronavirus

Dovie Salais


a man cutting a cake: A traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy in Weinan City, in China’s northwest Shaanxi Province. The overall industry has stalled, with only 17 out of 68 TCM makers recording year-on-year growth in revenue in the first half of 2020. Photo: Xinhua


A traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy in Weinan City, in China’s northwest Shaanxi Province. The overall industry has stalled, with only 17 out of 68 TCM makers recording year-on-year growth in revenue in the first half of 2020. Photo: Xinhua

Two Shenzhen-listed makers of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical and Tianjin Chase Sun Pharmaceutical, have reaped stunning gains this year, riding on endorsements by the public face of China’s

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Health Ministry Guidelines As Coronavirus Coinfection Cases Rise

Dovie Salais

States have been working hard to check outbreak of vector-borne diseases amid Covid pandemic. (File)

New Delhi:

Amid increasing instances of COVID-19 patients also contracting other seasonal diseases with similar symptoms, and the health complications emerging because of diagnostic delay, Health Ministry has issued guidelines for states and medical facilities on management of co-infections.

The central government’s Covid co-infection advisory states that people can contract coronavirus and other seasonal diseases

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The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city | Govt-and-politics

Dovie Salais

The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency brought the national caseload to 24,805, including 434 deaths.

Fifty-eight of the new cases was reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where transmissions have been linked to hospitals, sports facilities, a funeral home and an army unit.

Thirty-three of the new cases have been linked to international arrivals, including passengers from Russia, Nepal, Japan and the United

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Nursing homes in Washington state struggled with adequate staffing for years. Then coronavirus struck.

Dovie Salais

In early March, state inspectors entered a sprawling nursing home in the rural southeast corner of King County where concerns over thin staffing were mounting just as COVID-19 began to spread across the state.

One resident inside the Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center said she hadn’t been bathed for nearly three weeks after she first arrived, according to inspection records. Another described waiting roughly 15 minutes for help after her

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More than 100 N.J. nursing homes have had coronavirus outbreaks since summer as crisis continues

Dovie Salais

The coronavirus devastated New Jersey’s nursing homes this spring, killing thousands of residents and prompting a raft of measures to better protect the state’s most vulnerable population.

Since that time, long-term care facilities say they have stockpiled personal protective equipment. They’ve developed protocols for testing residents and staff and isolating those who are sickened. Visitors continue to be limited by state regulators, amid fears the virus will be reintroduced as

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Trump health official blasts Nevada after state ends use of rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes

Dovie Salais

A top official from the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday urged Nevada to reverse its decision to suspend the use of two rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes, saying there is no “scientific reason” to justify its action.



Brett Giroir wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration’s Response

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County reports new coronavirus deaths at nursing homes for first time in 3 weeks

Dovie Salais

For the first time in three weeks, San Diego County reported new coronavirus deaths among residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities.

As of Wednesday, there have been 173 deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home staff and residents combined, up from 168 reported during the last two weeks. San Diego County reported 1,139 cases of novel coronavirus among nursing home residents and 729 cases among health care workers

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Coronavirus crisis brings a surge of depression, anxiety to Tampa Bay

Dovie Salais

The Tampa Bay region has seen a swell of residents seeking help for anxiety and depression spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in thousands more crisis calls, counseling appointments and psychiatry visits.



a man sitting at a table using a laptop computer: Specialists take calls at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which is seeing up to 400 calls a week on its counseling line, about twice the normal amount. Experts say the number of people seeking help for mental health issues has dramatically increased during the pandemic, both in Tampa Bay and across the nation.


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Specialists take calls at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which is seeing up to 400 calls a week on its counseling line, about twice the normal amount.

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Nepal warns of healthcare crisis as coronavirus infections cross 100,000

Dovie Salais

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s total coronavirus infections passed 100,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, and are rising at a faster rate than both Pakistan and Bangladesh which have far larger populations.

The country of 30 million people wedged between China and India has reported 100,676 total cases of coronavirus and 600 deaths. On Friday it reported 2,059 new daily cases and ten deaths after performing 13,279 tests, according to

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