Depression is a disease that affects more than 264 million people worldwide, according to WHO President Dr. Timothy Sullivan, president of psychiatry and behavioral science at Staten Island University Hospital, who described it as a complex mental condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated August 6, 2020
Why are bars connected to hearths?
- Think bar. Alcohol flows. It can be loud, but it’s definitely intimate, and you often have to bend over to hear your boyfriend. And strangers have a way, much less reservations about getting close to the people in the bar. It’s kind of the meaning of a bar. He feels good and close to strangers. Not surprisingly, bars are associated with outbreaks in several states. Louisiana health officials have linked at least 100 cases of coronavirus to bars in the Tigerland nightlife area of Baton Rouge. Minnesota has tracked 328 recent cases to bars across the state. In Idaho, health officials closed bars in Hell County after reporting a buildup of infections among young adults who visited several bars in downtown Boise. Governors in California, Texas and Arizona, where coronavirus cases are on the rise, have ordered hundreds of newly opened bars to close. Less than two weeks after Colorado bars reopened with limited capacity, Gov. Jared Polis ordered them closed.
I have antibodies. Am I immunized now?
- At the moment, this seems likely, at least for a few months. There were scary bills for people suffering from what appears to be a second Covid-19 fight. But experts say these patients may have a missing course of infection, with the virus taking a slow charge weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus usually produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to infection. These antibodies can only last two to three months in the body, which may seem alarming, but it’s perfectly normal once an acute infection has subsided, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It is possible to get the coronavirus again, but it is very unlikely that it will be possible for a short period of time from the initial infection or make people sick a second time.
I am a small business owner. Can I get relief?
- Incentive bills in March offer aid to millions of American small businesses. Those eligible for aid are companies and non-profit organizations with less than 500 workers, including sole traders, independent contractors and freelancers. Some larger companies in some industries are also eligible. The assistance offered, which is managed by the small business administration, includes a wage protection program and a disaster loan program for economic injuries. But many people have not yet seen the payouts. Even those who have received help are confused: The rules are dragons, and some are left sitting on money they do not know how to use. Many small business owners receive less than expected or hear nothing at all.
What are my rights if I am worried about going back to work?
What will the school look like in September?
- It is unlikely that many schools will return to their normal schedules this fall, which will require a grind of online learning, quick childcare and busy workdays. California’s two largest public school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, said on July 13 that education would be suspended only in the fall, citing fears that growing coronavirus infections in their neighborhoods pose too great a risk to students and teachers. Together, the two districts enroll about 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country so far, abandoning plans for even a partial physical return to the classrooms when they reopen in August. For other areas, the solution will not be complete or nothing. Many systems, including the country’s largest, New York, are creating hybrid plans that include spending a few days in classrooms and other days online. There is still no national policy on this issue, so check with your municipal school system regularly to see what is happening in your community.
“Depending on how it’s defined, anyone, especially at a time like this, may experience some of the symptoms,” says Dr. Sullivan, including sleep problems, low energy and a lack of enthusiasm for things they are usually interested in. .
Depression is the result of individual biological risk factors combined with environmental influences, Dr. Sullivan said. “When someone loses, we know it can make them sad,” he said, citing an example. “But if this loss also makes them change the basic rules that are important to their health, it will create an additional risk factor.”
From the beginning of the pandemic, he said: “We have learned that when people experience significant disturbances in their daily lives, these disturbances can predispose people to depression.”
Asked how the news could affect a person’s mood or fight depression, Dr. Sullivan said: “I think the main risk with the news is that people tend to blush about it. We know that when people blush, it increases feelings of helplessness and in some cases hopelessness, and this mental state worsens mood and increases the risk of depression. “
Dr. Sullivan said that if you think you are experiencing symptoms of depression, you should review your daily routines and try to establish healthy patterns, including sleep management, eating regularly, exercise, and meaningful social interactions in the beginning. in the morning if possible.