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INCREASED INSOMNIA DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

INCREASED INSOMNIA DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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  • Posted On : 11-Aug-2020
As we know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a multitude of added stressors into our daily lives. These stressors has the potential to negatively affect our mental and physical health. One such consequence is the increased prevalence of insomnia. Individuals who have suffered from insomnia before the pandemic report worsening symptoms, and new cases are rising. An article titled "Why Can't You Sleep During Quarantine? Here's How Coronavirus Anxiety Is Leading to Insomnia" states the following: 'According to a recent report from Express Scripts, a prescription benefit plan provider, the use of anti-insomnia, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant medications have spiked, with filled prescriptions increasing by 21% between February and March 2020.Those numbers peaked during the week of March 15—the same week the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the US declared a national emergency in response to the crisis, per the report." "For those whose sleep habits are suffering, Dr. Jackson believes heightened anxiety associated with concern about our health and that of our loved ones, along with financial distress and job loss, may be major factors." An article by The Harvard Gazette states the following: "The implications are severe. In addition to the cognitive consequences — from inability to focus to general irritability — chronic insomnia is correlated with a spectrum of serious health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Implicated in obesity, insomnia makes losing weight more difficult, and recent studies also link it to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Mental health problems are complicated by a lack of sleep. Insomnia lasting two to four weeks increases the risk of depression, Posner said, while lack of sleep is also linked to a poorer response to treatment. “So it interferes with the ability to recover from depression as well,” he said. Here are some suggestions from the same article on how to combat insomnia "Posner noted that we do not have to maintain our former sleep and waking times, which may have been set by the necessities of a daily commute. “Keep a rhythm, even if it’s a different time of day than it used to be,” he said. Parents of adolescents in particular may want to let their children go to bed and rise later than usual, as their growing bodies are set differently than adults or young children’s. Once awake, however, try to get some sunlight, whether by taking a walk or sitting by a window. Keeping a regular schedule for meals and exercise helps, as does avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and electronic devices for several hours before bed. Finally, if sleeps proves impossible, get out of bed. Do something relaxing — read or do a puzzle. Worrying about sleep exacerbates the problem, so try to distract yourself and keep your bed a place of sanctuary."

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NFL/BLACK LIVES MATTER

NFL/BLACK LIVES MATTER

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  • Posted On : 06-Aug-2020
The NFL/NBA is now allowing athletes to express social justice issues by kneeling down during the national anthem.This is a great step forward in addressing systemic racism against minorities in this country.In 2016 Colin Kapernick kneeled down during the national anthem to protest against police brutality against minorities he was then ousted from the NFL. After that , the NFL banned athletes from dropping down to their knees during the anthem. In an article titled "Will NFL players kneel during national anthem again"? The author states the following: "During a preseason game in 2016, San Francisco quarterback Kaepernick quietly began his protest of police abuses by sitting on the bench during the national anthem. That season, 14 players joined Kaepernick sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem." "Kapernick has been without a contract since 2016. In 2019, Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid, who also knelt in protest, settled a collusion grievance cases against the NFL." I addition, president Trump politicized the issue of systemic racism/police brutality. The same article states the following: "In September 2017, President Trump further politicized the issue when speaking to a group of his supporters during a rally, “wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘get that (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.” The NFL Commissioner recently admitted fault for not allowing players to protest.An article by the BBC titled "NFL says players' protests during national anthem should be allowed" states the following "We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.' "The NFL had previously banned players from dropping to one knee, a practice started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016." Let's all be thankful for courageous activist like Colin Kapernick. Combined with his lead and civil unrest with the black lives matter protest change has begun! Thank you Colin, NFL, and NBA players!

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INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS

INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS

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  • Posted On : 03-Aug-2020
With November elections approaching cybersecurity experts say there is a risk for phishing. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many states have significantly decreased in person voting sites and replaced them with mail in votes. State and local public officials say they do not have the resources to deal with the dual process of voting. This is largely in part of funding going to support pandemic control measures for in person voting sites. Public officials predict that there will be historic turn out and participation this November election. Federal funding is necessary to increase cyber security. An npr.org article titled "With November Approaching, Election Officials Still Face Safety, Security Fears" state the following regarding cybersecurity threats: "At the same time, the threat of foreign interference in the elections remains a concern, as it has been since the 2016 election. Intelligence officials continue to warn that foreign actors — especially Russia, China and Iran — are trying to disrupt this year's voting with disinformation and attempted cyberattacks." "Evanina said that the diversity of election systems makes it difficult to "broadly disrupt or change vote tallies without detection." However, he added that adversaries are also using social media to "increase discord and to undermine confidence in our democratic process." "Some government workers, Masterson noted, still share computer passwords and other credentials, and even use default passwords commonly known to outsiders. Masterson also warned that election workers continue to fall for phishing attacks that allow hackers to install malware, including ransomware that could paralyze Election Day operations." "This November we're likely to see historic levels of turnout and participation," said Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a voter advocacy group. "If we don't provide the $3.6 billion that states need to institute proper reforms, I fear that we're bracing for a disaster."

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