Heading Back To The Office After The Pandemic? Maybe Not So Fast!
A survey by Pew finds that more than half of people who shifted to work from home after the coronavirus hit would like to keep that arrangement, and many others would like the flexibility to work outside the office some of the time. Also in health news, your sleep may be affected by diet, flu shots are up this year and volunteering may have a surprise benefit.
Post-Pandemic, Most Americans Who Can Want To Continue Working From Home
Most Americans now teleworking from home want to keep doing so, with more than half saying they would work remotely after the pandemic, a new Pew Research Center report finds. The national survey of U.S. adults reveals that while the coronavirus may have changed the location of our jobs — whether in an office or from home — it hasn’t significantly reshaped our work duties and culture for a majority of employed adults. (Arvedlund, 12/11)
The New York Times:
How Foods May Affect Our Sleep
This has not been a very good year for sleep. With the coronavirus pandemic, school and work disruptions and a contentious election season contributing to countless sleepless nights, sleep experts have encouraged people to adopt a variety of measures to overcome their stress-related insomnia. Among their recommendations: engage in regular exercise, establish a nightly bedtime routine and cut back on screen time and social media. But many people may be overlooking another important factor in poor sleep: diet. A growing body of research suggests that the foods you eat can affect how well you sleep, and your sleep patterns can affect your dietary choices. (O'Connor, 12/10)
Ellen DeGeneres Announces She Has Covid-19
Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19. The popular talk show host tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account. "Hi Everyone," DeGeneres wrote. "I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I'll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe." (Respers France, 12/10)
And in news on the flu --
CDC Reports Record Flu Vaccine Distribution
Approximately 188 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed throughout the U.S., the most ever during a single influenza season, according to data published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC noted that the country hit the record late last month, with an estimated 44.5 million adult flu vaccinations administered in pharmacies by Nov. 21, a 46 percent increase from 2019. (Castronuovo, 12/10)
Doctors Facing Burnout Could See Job Repercussions For Seeking Antidepressants
As a freshly minted psychiatrist, the last step on my path to practicing medicine was to complete an application for medical licensing in my home state. Every physician, after completing residency training, is required by law to apply and obtain a license in the state he or she intends to practice. On the application, I came across the ominous question: Have you currently or in the past been diagnosed with a mental illness that might affect your ability to perform your job? (Safai, 12/10)
I Found My Secret To Feeling Younger And Stronger. The Pandemic Stole It Away.
Back in early January, before COVID-19 was as familiar as the furniture, I went in for my annual physical. My doctor looked at my test results and shook his head. Virtually everything was perfect. My cholesterol was down. So was my weight. My blood pressure was that of a swimmer. A barrage of blood tests turned up zero red flags. “What are you doing differently?” he asked, almost dumbfounded. (Horovitz, 12/11)