2021 PUBLIC HEALTH STORIES #40

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 40 of 2021.

I.

Nature covers what happens after vaccination with COVID.

II.

What a remarkable Lancet study on the effects of the pandemic on mental health, anxiety, and depression, across 204 countries.

“Unlike other population shocks, COVID-19 has become global, disrupting many aspects of life for most, if not all, of the world’s populations. Our analysis suggests that the impacts on the prevalence and burden of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders were substantial, particularly among females and younger populations. Ongoing and additional mental health surveys are necessary to quantify the duration and severity of this impact. Unfortunately, even before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders were leading causes of disease burden, with the mental health-care system in most countries being under-resourced and disorganised in their service delivery. Therefore, tackling this increased mental health burden will present immediate challenges in most nations, but it is also an opportunity for countries to broadly reconsider their mental health service response.”

III.

Love when public health and technology work together to create something simple and efficient. What a cool digital information system for hypertension control.

Read about it here.

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