health

The U.S. Health Care System Is Designed To Fail When It’s Needed Most

The American health care system leaves us all vulnerable to massive costs and uneven access, even under the best of circumstances. But when the economy goes south, things get really awful.

The novel coronavirus pandemic and the United States’ feckless response to the outbreak has triggered a historic economic downturn that has cost tens of millions of jobs. Because almost half of the country ― about 160 million workers, spouses and dependents ― get their health coverage through an employer, those lost jobs almost always mean lost health insurance

Between February and May, an estimated 5.4 million people became uninsured because of job loss, according to the liberal advocacy organization Families USA. The group describes this as the largest loss of job-based health benefits in U.S. history, worse even than during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009. 

And job losses have continued to mount since May, meaning

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Ontario implements more public health measures in restaurants, Canada launches COVID Alert app

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 115,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,900 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 31

3:00 p.m.: COVID-19 ‘just waiting for an invitation to a party’

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer,

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Your COVID-19 Health Toolkit

T he pandemic has brought many challenges, including how to balance your healthcare needs with trying to protect yourself from COVID-19.

“So many things have been postponed—not just things like hip replacements and cataract surgery but also regular medical appointments that seniors need to help maintain their overall well-being,” says Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D., M.S.W., direc­tor of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St. Louis.

While we don’t know just what the next few months will bring, it’s important to plan ahead and take steps that will help keep you as healthy as possible through the fall and winter. Here, the doctors’ appoint­ments, vaccines, and more to focus on now, and how to get what you need safely.

Catch Up on Checkups

If you’ve let routine medical appointments, such as annual physicals and eye exams, slip because of COVID-19, consider resuming them—unless you have a problem

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Kids’ mental health can struggle during online school. Here’s how teachers are planning ahead.

When her South Carolina high school went online this spring, Maya Green struggled through the same emotions as many of her fellow seniors: She missed her friends. Her online assignments were too easy. She struggled to stay focused.

But Green, 18, also found herself working harder for the teachers who knew her well and cared about her. 

“My school doesn’t do a ton of lessons on social and emotional learning,” said Green, who just graduated from Charleston County School of the Arts, a magnet school, and is headed to Stanford University. “But I grew up in this creative writing program, and I’m really close to my teachers there, and we had at least one purposeful conversation about my emotions after we moved online.”

From the other teachers, Green didn’t hear much to support her mental health.

This was a common complaint among parents when classes went online in March to

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Lost your health insurance in the pandemic? These are your options

Since coronavirus lockdowns began in early March, record numbers of Americans have been laid off or furloughed from their jobs.

In April, the unemployment rate soared to 14.7% — the highest it’s been since the Great Depression — and this summer, more than a million new applications for unemployment benefits are still being filed each week.

To make matters worse, many who have lost their jobs also have lost their employee health benefits amid the largest global health crisis in modern times.

That happened to an estimated 5.4 million U.S. workers between February and May, according to a study by the advocacy group Families USA. That’s far more than the 3.9 million who became uninsured during a full year of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

If you’ve just lost your employee health insurance, you may be tempted to put off getting a new policy, especially if you’re in

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Health Canada authorizes first COVID-19 treatment drug

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 114,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 28

11:15 a.m.: Health Canada authorizes first COVID-19 treatment drug

Health Canada has authorized the first drug for COVID-19 treatment.

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Tips for boosting your child’s mental health during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and families spend more time at home, adjusting to “the new normal” may prove especially difficult for younger children as they gear up for the school year — especially those learning remotely.

While experts are still learning about how the pandemic could affect children’s long-term mental health, they have tips for parents now on supporting their children during these unprecedented times.

1. Maintain a daily routine

“The structured routine is really big” and “firm sleep times” are very important, said Dr. Anju Hurria, a child psychiatrist at the University of California, Irvine.

“I’m often finding myself recommending to parents to create the actual schedule,” said Dr. Kevin Simon, a senior child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Boston’s Children Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

PHOTO: A woman and two children wear masks at a playground, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP, FILE)

Both

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Online chats with friends and family improve older people’s mental health, reveals UCL research

The results showed internet access could be used to reduce loneliness for older people - Geoges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images
The results showed internet access could be used to reduce loneliness for older people – Geoges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Older people who go online daily are happier when they use the internet to stay in touch with friends and family, a major new study has found.

Research by University College London (UCL), which studied the internet habits of 9,000 over 50s over four years, found that participants had better mental health when they used the internet for communication, but felt worse when they used it for information purposes, such as job hunting.

Researchers said the results showed internet access could be used to reduce loneliness and urged the Government to make it easier for older people not yet online to access the web.

The findings contrast with a growing number of studies finding excessive time online or on social media can adversely affect young people’s mental health.

For instance, a 2018

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COVID-19 in Canada:’…Guess what, you have a $100,000 fine,’ Ford warns Brampton party-goers who flouted health rules

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 112,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 27

3:30 p.m.: ‘It’s not just young people’

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, confirmed the

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We can’t talk about Kanye West’s tweets and presidential aspirations until we address his mental health

Kanye West performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California.
Kanye West performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California.

Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella

  • Kanye West’s actions over the past month have attracted attention, concern, and headlines.

  • West has openly discussed his bipolar disorder in the past, as well as his reluctance to seek professional treatment like medication.

  • His wife Kim Kardashian West issued a statement asking for “compassion and empathy” from the media and public.

  • Mental health and media experts told Insider that discussions about the substance of West’s tweets, actions, and presidential aspirations need to include context about his mental health. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Throughout July, Kanye West has inspired headlines and captivated online audiences with a series of unexpected and controversial actions. The rapper began the month by announcing his 2020 presidential candidacy and weeks later, issued a series of since-deleted comments about his family,

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