Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, Nov 6: What You Need To Know Today About COVID-19 In The Seattle Area, Washington State And Around The World

On Friday, Pfizer announced that their COVID-19 pill has shown successful results in clinical trials. The risk of hospitalization or death was reduced by 89% if people at high risk took the pill within three days of having symptoms. Pfizer expects to be able to supply tablets to more than 180,000 people by the end of 2021.

Meanwhile, in Washington, the infection rate for children and adolescents is declining. Despite the drop, a new report indicates that rates are still three times higher than ever before the summer spike caused by delta cases.

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What it’s like to work at the forefront of mental health emergencies in the Seattle area

Friday, October 29, 2021 Downtown Freighton Castillo Emergency Center Manager at the Seattle Reception.  218635

It is estimated that over a million Washingtonians – or about one in five people in the state – have mental illness. This is most likely an underestimation, and the number of calls for mental health crises has grown steadily since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington DC has an extensive network of mental health professionals who serve people with mental illness. In King County, 12,500 people work as drug addiction counselors, behavior specialists and analysts, and a dozen other positions are certified by the Washington Department of Health. About a quarter of them are social workers. Together with nurses, paramedics and other medical personnel, they work at the forefront of mental health emergencies, helping people with mental health problems in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound region.

While nurses and emergency department doctors treat trauma, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses are looking for signs of a mental health crisis. This can mean people who may be eating or sleeping less, experiencing suicidal thoughts or psychosis when they hear or see things that are not. Patients are transported by relatives and friends, ambulances or law enforcement officers on gurneys. Some come alone and voluntarily, others alone and involuntarily.

But that is not all.

Frontlines change and intersect in many environments: it can be a classroom or an office, a hospital or a church, a prison or an orphanage. Ultimately, what begins as a personal experience extends to the entire community, affecting not only the person with mental health problems, but also their family, friends, and neighbors.

And while hospitals are key to the front line when it comes to mental health, needs are everywhere. Fortunately, people helping others are also around. Here’s what some of them want you to know about their work, what they are struggling with and what makes them go through it all.

Read the full story here.

—Esme Jimenez – Seattle Times

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Trapped in a pandemic: millions of Americans can’t shake gloomy predictions

Despite signals that things are improving, many Americans seem to be stuck in a pessimistic state of pessimism.  (Jenn Ackerman / The New York Times) #

For so many voters in November of this discontent, the union state is just … flutter

Despite many signals that the situation is improving – the stock market is reaching record highs; recruitment is accelerating dramatically, with 531,000 jobs added in October; workers earn more; COVID hospitalizations and deaths have been declining from autumn peaks – many Americans seem to be stuck in a pessimistic hangover.

More than 60% of voters in opinion polls say the country is heading in the wrong direction – national funk that has hit Biden’s ratings hard and sparked an anti-Democratic backlash that could cost them control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.

“I don’t like separation,” said Michael Macy, a hairdresser who lives in suburban Atlanta. “I don’t like inaction. We need to achieve something. “

A year ago, 63-year-old Macy was delighted to help President Joe Biden win, hoping that Democrats will quickly take steps to address police laws and other serious issues. But then he saw his hopes for radical change in Washington DC fade.

Now Macy’s sense of optimism – like that of millions of Americans – has been shattered. The pain of an endless pandemic. By increasing prices. A popular controversy that ranges from school board meetings to the US Capitol.

Read the full story here.

-New York Times

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