Nearly six months into the pandemic, there is still uncertainty in many parts of the country about when it will be safe for family members, if they live apart, to interact with one another normally, such as socializing in each other’s homes, going out to dinner together, and hugging and kissing. Different family members of different ages and health conditions may have different degrees of vulnerability. Some may be more risk-averse than others.
(HealthDay News) -- The pandemic is taking a big toll on Americans' psyches: A new government report found that about 41% of adults surveyed in late June "reported an adverse mental or behavioral health condition."
That's a big rise from 2019. For example, the data shows that the number of Americans suffering from an anxiety disorder had tripled by late June compared to the same time last year, and the number of those with depression had jumped fourfold.
The coronavirus pandemic has led many older adults to postpone medical care, a new survey finds.
The University of Chicago survey found that 55% of U.S. adults aged 70 and older experienced a disruption in their medical care during the first month of social distancing.
Thirty-nine percent put off non-essential care and 32% delayed primary or preventive care since social distancing began. And 15% said they delayed or canceled essential medical treatment, the survey found.
(HealthDay News) -- Doctors at one Ohio hospital system have discovered yet another possible consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: More cases of "broken heart syndrome."
The condition -- which doctors call stress cardiomyopathy -- appears similar to a heart attack, with symptoms such as chest pain and breathlessness. But its cause is different: Experts believe it reflects a temporary weakness in the heart muscle owing to a surge in stress hormones.
(HealthDay News) -- If you toss and turn every night because the coronavirus epidemic has left you anxious and worried, one sleep expert has some advice.
Financial struggles, loss of control, or worries about loved ones can affect peoples' quality and duration of nightly sleep, said sleep psychologist Emerson Wickwire, an associate professor of psychiatry and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
(HealthDay News) -- Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Annette Adams-Brown's 87-year-old mother was an avid follower of TV news. Now Adams-Brown has to channel-surf for a less stressful pastime.
Her mother, Bertha, has dementia, and each time she hears the news about a terrible disease spreading through the country, it's like she is hearing it for the first time.
"It produces a lot of anxiety," said Adams-Brown, who lives with her mother in an apartment complex for older adults in Syracuse, N.Y.
One of the negative consequences for families of the pandemic is the enforced isolation and separation of individuals who are most vulnerable to contracting and dying from covid-19. From skilled nursing facilities to retirement communities to senior living residences, all visitors, including close family members, are now banned from entry to prevent infection. Even seniors still in their own homes may see little of their loved ones in person because those relatives and friends fear spreading the virus by merely being together in the same room.