Since the beginning of the pandemic, many variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have emerged. While the changes found in many variants have almost no impact on how the virus affects us, some variants do have genetic changes that can significantly impact the effect of the virus
Recently, the FDA and CDC have approved COVID-19 booster shots (a third dose) for certain patients who received either the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccines for COVID-19.
Are You Eligible for a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
Why Get a Booster Shot for a Vaccine?
Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
Should I Get a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are, unfortunately, on the rise again.
What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Delta Variant
How Concerned Should Fully Vaccinated People Be About the Delta Variant?
Do Vaccinated People Need to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?
Ask a Doctor About COVID, Get Vaccinated, or Schedule a COVID Test
Unwinding with a glass of wine or a beer might seem like an easy way to cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it might be doing you more harm than good. If you’ve been using alcohol to dampen the pandemic’s emotional weight, we recommend talking with a doctor or counselor and finding alternative ways to de-stress.
Turning to Alcohol Use During COVID-19: Why It's Harmful to the Body and Mind
What's So Bad About Alcohol Consumption?
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
Coping During a Pandemic
Counseling Services with Gulf Coast Health Center
What does COVID-19 have to do with a vaccine designed to prevent a completely different virus? Read on to learn why it’s essential to get your flu vaccine now.
Reasons You Need to Get a Flu Shot (This Year More Than Ever Before)
Top 5 Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine in 2020
1. Overlapping Symptoms
2. Strained Healthcare Resources
3. Vaccination Is Safe and Effective
4. Less-Severe Illness
5. Future Protection
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Although we’re all living through a time of global change, one thing has remained the same: the demand for blood donations.
It's Safe to Donate Blood – And It's Needed Now More Than Ever!
Why Your Blood Donation Is Needed Now More Than Ever
COVID-19 and the Need for Donated Plasma
Yes, It's Safe to Donate Blood During the Pandemic
Be a Hero: Find Out If You're Eligible and Sign Up to Donate
Despite the mixed messages, we should all wear masks because they have been scientifically shown to help slow the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
Simple Reasons Why Wearing a Mask Works
How Respiratory Disease Spreads
Why Masks Work
Do Masks Protect the Person Wearing Them?
Wear a Mask to Help Slow the Spread and Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
With a healthy mind and body and smart sanitary practices, you can keep yourself and your family safe and healthy. Take these precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Healthy Habits to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Bolster Your Immune System Against COVID-19
Get a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body During the Pandemic
Limit Your Exposure to the Novel Coronavirus by Practicing Social Distancing
Use Smart Sanitary Practices to Keep Your Body and Your Environment Germ-Free
Learn More about Novel Coronavirus, Testing, and What You Can Do to Stay Safe
During the COVID-19 crisis, telemedicine has become the champion of ongoing wellness care and chronic disease management because it allows patients, especially those who are considered to be high risk, to access medical care and keep in touch with their doctors without risking exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Why Telehealth Has Become More Important Than Ever Before
Why Is Telemedicine More Important Now Than Ever?
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The whole world is experiencing fears, worries, and changes to normal daily life that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Not only are we having new anxieties, but many of us are unable to cope with the stress in the same ways we normally would, primarily by getting out of the house and spending time with loved ones.
Coronavirus and Your Mental Wellbeing
The current pandemic has placed an excessive strain on our mental wellbeing. The whole world is experiencing fears, worries, and changes to normal daily life that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Not only are we having new anxieties, but many of us are unable to cope with the stress in the same ways we normally would, primarily by getting out of the house and spending time with loved ones. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, unable to complete tasks, increasingly irritable, lonely, or crying easily, consider the following advice from our behavioral health team to calm your anxiety.
Ways to Cope with the Stress During the Pandemic
It’s okay to acknowledge and accept the fact that the current situation is stressful. It’s okay to feel anxious. Don’t get frustrated with yourself if you have these feelings. Instead, focus on controlling what you can in your life. Concentrate on maintaining your routines, exercise, personal hygiene, and nutrition.
Fill your time with positive, calming activities. Create a routine with things like meditation, walking, reading, gardening, and making art. Use this time to try a new hobby or to learn something new.
We’re fortunate to have modern technology that makes it easier than ever to stay connected even when we can’t travel or mix households. Schedule a time to video chat with your friends or family. Or get away from screens altogether to play with your children and pets.
Take a Break
Although it’s good to stay informed, it’s also smart to take a break from the news. Watching endlessly or even just letting news channels play in the background of your day to day life can induce additional stress. Try to limit your time with the news and only listen to reports from trusted, reputable sources.
No matter how stressful a situation might be, we can always find reasons to be grateful. Focusing on the things you appreciate in your life (family, friends, health, shelter, food, pets, or the cool breeze coming off the ocean) has the power to calm. Set aside time to write a gratitude list and read it whenever you feel down.
Pay attention to your own behavior, feelings, and thoughts to identify warning signs of trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Contact behavioral health services at Gulf Coast Health Center, if you are feeling angry, irritable, or isolated, if you have trouble sleeping, suffer nightmares, can’t stay focused, or can’t stop crying. Remember that you are not alone. We are here for you, and we can help.