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  • sharon sanders
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  • Emily
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    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/959367
    The Pandemic 15: The Rise in Obesity and Depression During the COVID-19 Lockdown
    Hartej Gill, PhD(c)
    September 28, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic began with overwhelming uncertainty for much of the general population. The bustle of early-morning commutes turned to empty streets and closed businesses. The government-imposed lockdowns have led to major lifestyle changes for individuals around the world. With the high risk for disease transmissibility in social settings, regulatory bodies had instructed citizens to stay indoors and practice social distancing. Following a rapid shift to virtual jobs, trips to the workplace had quickly turned into frequent trips to the fridge.
    Personally, I found myself unable to keep up with my usual physical activity during the time spent at home. The occasional snack turned to a daily snack break or trip to the fridge. The accessibility and convenience of frequent snacking between meetings was irresistible.
    Although lockdown measures are being reduced with rising vaccination rates, "normalcy" has not returned for many. An increase in sedentary lifestyle has led to a number of mental and physiologic morbidities. In particular, with more time spent inside the home, individuals have experienced a rapid decrease in physical activity, coupled with an increase in caloric intake. Taken together, the risk of developing obesity has increased, and this has seen a worsening of both metabolic and mood disorders.

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: https://inews.co.uk/news/health/coro...oredom-2005456

    Coronavirus and self-isolation: How to deal with the psychological effects and avoid boredom
    The effects of quarantine can be wide-ranging but there are ways to make the experience more tolerable
    By Katie Grant
    Sunday, 1st March 2020, 10:38 pm
    Updated
    46 minutes ago

    Two weeks off work might, under normal circumstances, be just what the doctor ordered. But when that leave of absence has quite literally been enforced under medics’ instructions what might otherwise have felt like a well-earned break can become an altogether more daunting prospect...

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  • Thornton
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    A look back on some lessons learned about Quarantine

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  • kiwibird
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    Different decade - same concerns.

    As Colormyquilt wrote above "My thoughts go to those already experiencing this due to being ill or having had contact with someone who is ill."

    For anyone not yet quarantined - https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/...y-preparedness

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  • Amish Country
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    Household Responses to School Closure Resulting from Outbreak of Infl uenza B, North Carolina
    April J. Johnson,* Zack S. Moore,*† Paul J. Edelson,* Lynda Kinnane,‡ Megan Davies,*† David K. Shay*, Amanda Balish,* Meg McCarron,* Lenee Blanton,* Lyn Finelli,* Francisco Averhoff,* Joseph Bresee,* Jeffrey Engel,† and Anthony Fiore*


    School closure is a proposed strategy for reducing infl
    uenza transmission during a pandemic. Few studies have
    assessed how families respond to closures, or whether other
    interactions during closure could reduce this strategy’s
    effect. Questionnaires were administered to 220 households
    (438 adults and 355 children) with school-age children
    in a North Carolina county during an infl uenza B virus
    outbreak that resulted in school closure. Closure was considered
    appropriate by 201 (91&#37 households. No adults
    missed work to solely provide childcare, and only 22 (10%)
    households required special childcare arrangements; 2
    households incurred additional costs. Eighty-nine percent
    of children visited at least 1 public location during the closure
    despite county recommendations to avoid large gatherings.
    Although behavior and attitudes might differ during a
    pandemic, these results suggest short-term closure did not
    cause substantial hardship for parents
    . Pandemic planning
    guidance should address the potential for transmission in
    public areas during school closure.

    Source:
    http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/14/7/pdfs/1024.pdf

    Emerging Infectious Diseases • www.cdc.gov/eid • Vol. 14, No. 7, July 2008

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  • Thornton
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    from the news feed
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...28/2583316.htm

    Swine Flu HQ: Sunday too far away
    By Sarah Collerton
    Life in swine flu HQ: Sarah turns her attention to the washing up. (ABC News)
    News Online's Sarah Collerton has been in quarantine since Monday after a housemate tested positive to swine flu. Sarah is keeping an online diary of the experience and this is her fourth instalment.Living in "Swine Flu HQ" is really just a week-long waiting game. But what was initially an anxious wait on results (all clear) has morphed into a wait on just getting out of this place.
    Authorities have insisted the five of us cannot leave this house, on the outskirts of Brisbane, until Sunday, so we're doing our best to stay entertained and out of each other's hair.
    The sickest of the bunch, "Swiney Todd", is feeling a lot better today; his nose has dried up and his cough quelled.
    We're still not sure if he ever had the swine, but if he did, he's almost better. No-one else is exhibiting symptoms at all.
    What we're left wondering is, can we contract this new strain of flu twice? Is it like the measles? Other strains of flu can only be contracted once, but is this a newer, meaner flu that bulldozes that concept?
    Authorities weren't really certain when I asked. A public-health nurse from Population Health, the Queensland Health Department that looks after disease control in the state, told me he wasn't sure and someone else would phone me about it.
    He said he thinks victims would develop antibodies to fight off the disease like regular flu, but he again said he wasn't completely sure because it's a such a new strain.
    Later, another Population Health nurse called back and said she'd put me in touch with the media department to answer my inquiry.
    Logic would say this is like other strains of flu. It can mutate and mutate until it's a whole different strain, to which, even if you've had swine flu, you won't be immune.
    And as Australia enters its peak winter flu season, it's not a great time for swine flu to spread across our shores.
    The confusion about the virus - to which I've been exposed - is not exactly making it easier to grasp.
    Glorious food
    I'm not too sure how we've managed such a feat, but we've hoed down much of the $245 worth of groceries left on our doorstep less than two days ago.It probably helps that we're locked up with a chef, Jason, who is pumping out lovely meals such as homemade gnocchi (no complaints here).
    With the question: "What do you guys want me to cook for ...?" being posed at least three times a day, I'm almost certain there are worse ways to be quarantined.
    And we've had a great support network, with people offering to drop off food, DVDs and books, and I can only hope that other Australians who may have to enter swine flu quarantine will have the same sort of help.
    As we've passed the halfway point, spirits are fairly high, though there have been, as can be expected, a few minor wars over the TV remote.

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  • Thornton
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    http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USHKG2279

    Hong Kong hotel quarantine move stirs controversy
    Sat May 2, 2009 3:53am EDT
    By Tan Ee Lyn

    HONG KONG, May 2 (Reuters) - Travellers quarantined in a Hong Kong hotel for a week after a Mexican guest tested positive for the H1N1 flu expressed dismay on Saturday at the tough steps, while an infectious disease expert said the authorities had over-reacted.

    Police wearing surgical masks sealed off the Metropark hotel on Friday night after test results on the 25-year-old Mexican man were confirmed, ordering approximately 200 guests and 100 staff to stay in the hotel for the next seven days.
    The measures taken by the authorities in Hong Kong underscore the concern here about the new flu and the confirmed case, Asia's first. Hong Kong was badly hit by the SARS virus in 2003 and has had many episodes of H5N1 bird flu for more than a decade.

    Officials said no one would be allowed to leave the hotel in the Wanchai district, an area popular with tourists.

    "They said everybody needed to go back to their rooms. I don't want to go to my room because I want to be out," an Australian man in the hotel told local television by telephone.

    "They told me I will stay here. I won't be allowed out and this is it."

    Brice Chevallereau, a French tourist, checked into the hotel on Friday afternoon but did not stay the night. When he returned to the hotel on Saturday, he was told by authorities he would have to be quarantined.

    "Why do I have to go inside?" Chevallereau asked. "I just stayed two minutes in the lobby. It's not fair."

    Journalists and camera crews massed on the street outside the hotel, which is being guarded by police and cordoned off with blue and white tape. Shops near the hotel were shuttered.

    "How can there be business? The police vans are all around here," said Li Mingtai, a waiter at a nearby restaurant.

    Twelve guests who had refused to stay were taken to a lodging house close to the border with mainland China. The site was used to quarantine Hong Kong people who were exposed to the SARS virus back in 2003, a government spokesman said.

    PASSENGERS URGED TO COME FORWARD

    The Mexican man arrived in Hong Kong from Mexico on Thursday following a stopover in Shanghai. He developed a fever after arriving and took a taxi to a hospital on Thursday evening. He is in a stable condition, officials said.

    Authorities appealed for 142 passengers and crew on the same flight as the Mexican to report to health officials.

    Lo Wing-lok, an infectious disease expert, said the government was over-reacting.

    "He would have been infectious starting from the time he was on the plane. Think about all the people around him on the plane, while he was going through customs, waiting for baggage, in the taxi, in the hotel and when he got to hospital," Lo said.

    "So how can it be effective if the government is just trying to isolate people in the hotel, it is a mission impossible."

    Health officials said the "essential needs" of those inside the hotel would be looked after. They would also get regular medical check-ups and psychologists were on standby.

    An elderly couple passed a bag of clothes to police at the entrance for their daughter, who works in the hotel.

    The new virus, which is largely swine and part avian and human, has killed up to 101 people in Mexico, but confirmed cases in other countries have been mild.

    Nevertheless, news of the infected traveller caused jitters in Hong Kong and some people were taking no chances.

    In subways, ferry terminals and on the streets, more people went about their business on Saturday wearing surgical masks, although some had masks fashioned out of cloth.

    At the checkout counters in a supermarket, residents rifled through masks and sterilisers.

    A sign nearby said: "Prevent flu infection." (Additional reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Stefanie McIntyre, editing by Dean Yates)

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  • colormyquilt
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    Originally posted by twiggy8085@aol.com View Post
    Great pun intended.
    Welcome twiggy8085@aol.com. Great sense of humor is good.

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  • twiggy8085@aol.com
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    Great pun intended.

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  • colormyquilt
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    Niko. Great find. Thanks.

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  • Niko
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    Originally posted by colormyquilt View Post
    Most likely, over the next few days and possibly into weeks ahead, the public will be hearing about sheltering-in-place or being in quarantine. A surreal concept, perhaps, for many. The above postings may be helpful in clarifying some of the issues.

    My thoughts go to those already experiencing this due to being ill or having had contact with someone who is ill.
    DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines

    Posted by Declan McCullagh | 4



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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has sent a memo to some health care providers noting procedures to be followed if the swine flu outbreak eventually makes quarantines necessary.

    DHS Assistant Secretary Bridger McGaw circulated the swine flu memo, which was obtained by CBSNews.com, on Monday night. It says: "The Department of Justice has established legal federal authorities pertaining to the implementation of a quarantine and enforcement. Under approval from HHS, the Surgeon General has the authority to issue quarantines."

    McGaw appears to have been referring to the section of federal law that allows the Surgeon General to detain and quarantine Americans "reasonably believed to be infected" with a communicable disease. A Centers for Disease Control official said on Tuesday that swine flu deaths in the U.S. are likely.

    Federal quarantine authority is limited to diseases listed in presidential executive orders; President Bush added "novel" forms of influenza with the potential to create pandemics in Executive Order 13375. Anyone violating a quarantine order can be punished by a $250,000 fine and a one-year prison term.

    A Homeland Security spokesman on Tuesday did not have an immediate response to followup questions about the memo, which said "DHS is consulting closely with the CDC to determine appropriate public health measures."

    The memo from McGaw, who is DHS' acting assistant secretary for the private sector, also said: "U.S. Customs and Coast Guard Officers assist in the enforcement of quarantine orders. Other DOJ law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may also enforce quarantines. Military personnel are not authorized to engage in enforcement."

    Quarantines are hardly new: their history stretches at least as far back as the Bible, which describes a seven-day period of isolation that priests must impose when an infection is apparent. The word literally means a period of 40 days, which cities along the Mediterranean shipping routes imposed during the plague of the 15th century, a legal authority reflected in English law and echoed in U.S. law.

    Congress enacted the first federal quarantine law in 1796, which handed federal officials the authority to assist states in combating the yellow fever epidemic. In response to the 1918 influenza epidemic, states levied quarantines and imposed mask laws ? with the District of Columbia restricting residents to their homes and San Francisco adopting the slogan "Wear a Mask and Save Your Life! A Mask is 99% Proof Against Influenza." Public health authorities quarantined the entire campus of Syracuse University for two-and-a-half weeks in October of that year.

    Until recently, the last involuntary quarantine in the United States was in 1963. Then, in 2007, Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, was quarantined inside a hospital in Denver on suspicion of having extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. It turned out that the CDC was incorrect and Speaker had a milder form of the disease.

    The CDC's error is one example of how quarantines can raise civil liberties issues. If a suspected swine flu patient is confined to a hospital isolation ward for a week or two, who pays for the bills? What if private businesses find their buildings requisitioned in an emergency? Or if hospital employees charged with enforcing the quarantine fail to show up for work?

    McGaw's memo on Monday also said that the federal plan to respond to pandemic influenza was "in effect."

    The Bush administration released the National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza in November 2005; it envisioned closer coordination among federal agencies, the stockpiling and distribution of vaccines and anti-viral drugs, and, if necessary, government-imposed "quarantines" and "limitations on gatherings."

    A Defense Department planning document summarizing the military's contingency plan says the Pentagon is prepared to assist in "quarantining groups of people in order to minimize the spread of disease during an influenza pandemic" and aiding in "efforts to restore and maintain order."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/04...y4975598.shtml

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    Homeland Security Issues Alert On Mandatory Quarantine Procedures
    Posted By admin On April 29, 2009 @ 8:55 am
    Paul Joseph Watson

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    The Department of Homeland Security has sent out an alert to health care providers outlining how BATF, FBI, and U.S. Marshals will be called upon to impose mandatory quarantines in the event of a widespread swine flu outbreak in the U.S.
    According to the report, ?DHS Assistant Secretary Bridger McGaw circulated the swine flu memo, which was obtained by CBSNews.com, on Monday night. It says: ?The Department of Justice has established legal federal authorities pertaining to the implementation of a quarantine and enforcement. Under approval from HHS, the Surgeon General has the authority to issue quarantines.?
    The memo states, ?U.S. Customs and Coast Guard Officers assist in the enforcement of quarantine orders. Other DOJ law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may also enforce quarantines. Military personnel are not authorized to engage in enforcement.?
    However, a separate Defense Department planning document on dealing with pandemics states that the Pentagon will use the forces at its disposal to assist in ?quarantining groups of people in order to minimize the spread of disease during an influenza pandemic? and aid in ?efforts to restore and maintain order.?

    As we reported yesterday, so-called ?involuntary isolation? is already being enforced in certain areas of the United States. The state?s health director in North Carolina, Dr. Jeffrey Engel, said that authorities were already involuntarily isolating patients who may have the swine flu virus. He refused to divulge the location of where the victims were being quarantined.


    News reports such as this one from MSNBC are prevaricating around the contention that quarantines are a normal event that Americans should be comfortable with. In reality, there has only been one case of ?involuntary quarantine? in the U.S. in the last 45 years.
    ?In 2007, Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, was quarantined inside a hospital in Denver on suspicion of having extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. It turned out that the CDC was incorrect and Speaker had a milder form of the disease,? states the CBS report.
    The MSNBC report also falsely claims that quarantines will solely be handled on a state/local level, when in reality, Bush?s executive order 13375 outlines a federal response, and the DHS memo lists numerous federal authorities that will have powers of quarantine.
    In addition, the Bush administration?s National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza, released in November 2005, states that the federal government will impose ?quarantines? and ?limitations on gatherings?.
    With Time Magazine busy preparing Americans to accept enforced mass vaccination programs and telling them to ?trust? the government and ?forgive? them when the vaccines cause death and injuries, the prospect of mandatory quarantines will likely be the precursor for any such nationwide vaccination program. The vaccine to supposedly combat swine flu is being manufactured by Baxter International, who were caught red-handed last month attempting to release bird flu vaccines which were contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus itself.
    Swine flu has caused the death of one toddler in the U.S. and in fact only seven of the supposed 159 fatalities in Mexico have been confirmed as swine flu - meaning the other 152 could have been due to any number of infectious diseases that routinely kill Mexicans in the thousands on a yearly basis.
    The comparative threat of swine flu does not correlate with the feverish reaction of authorities, who in the initial stages of the outbreak refused to take any measures to contain it, such as closing the border with Mexico, but after the virus had already begun to spread, they were quick to prepare draconian control measures while hyping the inevitability of a pandemic.
    Meanwhile, the hysteria whipped up by the media has spread faster than the actual virus itself.

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    URL to article: http://www.infowars.com/homeland-sec...ne-procedures/

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  • GhostRN
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    I agree - social networking is a just in time tool.....as long as the web doesn't get overloaded and shut down......with a virus!

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  • kiwibird
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    Hopefully the internet will help people feel less isolated. I know of several of my childrens friends who are in quarantine at the moment and they all seem to be posting on facebook, bebo etc. They seem to be getting a lot of support/encouragement/sympathy from their classmates - and that always makes things easier to cope with.

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  • colormyquilt
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    Most likely, over the next few days and possibly into weeks ahead, the public will be hearing about sheltering-in-place or being in quarantine. A surreal concept, perhaps, for many. The above postings may be helpful in clarifying some of the issues.

    My thoughts go to those already experiencing this due to being ill or having had contact with someone who is ill.

    Leave a comment:

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