The stress of COVID-19 on pregnant women and new mothers is showing

<span class="caption">COVID-19 has drastically changed the hospital experience.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Daniel Berehulak via Getty Images">Daniel Berehulak via Getty Images</a></span>
COVID-19 has drastically changed the hospital experience. Daniel Berehulak via Getty Images

Pregnancy is stressful, to say the least, but COVID-19 brings new challenges to parents of newborns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified pregnant women as a vulnerable population. If infected, they are more likely to be hospitalized and require ventilation and their risk of preterm birth goes up.

Economists predict that the U.S. may have at least 500,000 fewer births because of the pandemic. Deciding not to become pregnant during a pandemic is understandable, particularly in the U.S., as it is one of five countries worldwide and the only country classified as high-income by the World Bank, that does not mandate paid maternity leave for non-federally employed workers.

As scholars who study prenatal and postnatal stress, maternal nutrition and the brain development of children, we can tell you the pandemic has dramatically changed the pregnancy

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‘Do not book overseas holidays’, pleads Sturgeon

The Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, could be one of Scots’ few overseas travel options this half term - Getty
The Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, could be one of Scots’ few overseas travel options this half term – Getty

Nicola Sturgeon has told Scottish families not to book overseas holidays for October half term, as the nationwide shutdown begins. 

“Please think of the October break as an opportunity to further limit social interaction,” she urged in Tuesday afternoon’s Scottish Parliament address.

“And, given that this is a global pandemic, please do not book travel overseas for the October break if it is not essential.”

Though Scotland’s borders remain open, and the First Minister’s comments are not enshrined in law, tourism businesses have warned the remarks are a “nail in the coffin” for the “entire” travel sector. 

Mike Tibbert, vice president of the Scottish Passenger Agents Association, issued a damning statement in response to Sturgeon’s plea: “We seem to have government announcements actively designed to destroy travel jobs and

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Violence mounts against Iraqi doctors as COVID cases spike

By Amina Ismail

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi doctor Tariq Al-Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a dozen relatives of a patient, who had just died of COVID-19, beat him unconscious.

About two hours later the 47-year-old director of Al-Amal Hospital in the southern city of Najaf woke up in a different clinic with bruises all over his body.

“All the doctors are scared,” said Sheibani, speaking at his home in Kufa a few weeks after the Aug. 28 attack. “Every time a patient dies, we all hold our breath.”

He is one of many doctors struggling to do their job as COVID-19 cases rise sharply in Iraq.

They are working within a health service that has been left to decay through years of civil conflict and underfunding, and now face the added threat of physical attack by grieving and desperate families.

Reuters spoke to seven

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Banks Halt U.K. Office Return; India Deaths Climb: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — HSBC Holdings Plc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. paused plans to return workers to their London offices after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions and urged residents to work from home where possible.

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus exceeded 200,000, a grim milestone that comes eight months after the pathogen was first confirmed on American soil. India’s fatalities topped 90,000.

France’s new infections jumped above 10,000 after a weekend lull, while South Korea’s daily cases climbed above 100 for the first time in four days.

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The lives changed by lockdown, six months on

A family look on as Boris Johnson makes his televised lockdown address on 23 March (AFP/Getty)
A family look on as Boris Johnson makes his televised lockdown address on 23 March (AFP/Getty)

The past six months have whirled by like a fever dream – a whole series of surreal and nightmarish events which have somehow happened in no time at all.

It was exactly 26 weird weeks ago – on 23 March 2020 – that Boris Johnson announced that the nation was in lockdown, ushering in the most draconian restrictions on ordinary life since the Second World War.

“You must stay home,” said the prime minister. “You should not be meeting with friends. You should not be meeting family. You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can.”

Many of us told ourselves, and each other, that the worst would be over in a month or two. The economy would get

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Nick Cordero’s widow Amanda Kloots on his death from COVID-19

Nick Cordero’s widow, Amanda Kloots, believes her husband’s situation might have had a different outcome if he were to get sick today. She feels the hospital where he was admitted in March, after he fell ill, treated him well, but she notes that health professionals and scientists know so much more about COVID-19 today than they did six months ago.

“It was a different time, and Nick just got trapped,” Kloots told the New York Times in an interview published online late Tuesday. “I think it would be different if he went to the hospital now.”

The 41-year-old Broadway actor died July 5, after having faced multiple complications in his struggle with COVID-19. He was placed in a medically induced coma, from which he eventually awakened. He also had is leg amputated because of a blood clotting issue.

Kloots was asked whether she thought Cordero’s situation might have turned out

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Amanda Kloots Says She Wants 1-Year-Old Son Elvis to Know His Late Dad Nick Cordero ‘Never Quit’

Ashley Becker Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis

Amanda Kloots is opening up about what she wants her 1-year-old son Elvis Eduardo to know about his father and her husband, the late Nick Cordero, who died on July 5 of coronavirus complications.

“I want our son to be curious because Nick was very curious,” Kloots, 38, told the New York Times in an interview published Tuesday. “I want him to know Nick struggled to make his dreams come true and he never quit.”

“I want him to know his dad was a hard worker,” she added. “And I’d love for him to know about all the people that he touched, the lives that he touched, and what a good guy he was.”

Kloots also told the publication about what’s next for her and Elvis.

“We’re heading into the fall and the holidays, so I think that will be

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London Designers Embrace Film, Set Their Own Rules

LONDON — This was a London season of mixed emotions and many question marks.

With new government restrictions forbidding social gatherings of more than six people, most of the city’s designers embraced the film format for the first time, with just a handful of one-on-one appointments hosted on the side.

Just like London fashion, which can vary from classic to completely kooky from one calendar slot to the next, designers’ take on the genre was varied, ranging from abstract narratives to dance routines, or catwalk experiences captured for the screen.

But the general consensus was a positive one, with most designers talking about feeling relieved or even liberated to no longer have to deal with the pressure of the runway and have a new outlet to push their artistic boundaries and speak about the effects of lockdown.

Their presentations were deeply personal, from Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s collection —

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Federal response marked by chaotic messaging, unwarranted optimism

It’s a grim milestone that President Donald Trump said America would never reach.

The spread of COVID-19 accelerated over the summer, and death tolls now stands at more than 200,000 over eight months – a figure equal to the lives lost in almost 70 9/11 terror attacks.

“A lot of people think that goes away in April, with the heat,” Trump said in February. When that didn’t happen, Trump told Fox News this summer: “It’s going to disappear, and I’ll be right.”

PHOTO: In this July 21, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE)

As COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have declined in recent weeks, after record highs during the summer, health officials are bracing themselves for a tough winter when Americans move back indoors and

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The age you’re ‘more likely to experience burnout’

People in their 30s are most at risk of suffering burnout. (Getty Images - Posed by model)
People in their 30s are most at risk of suffering burnout. (Getty Images – Posed by model)

2020 and all the unprecedented challenges it has brought has left many of us feeling as if we’re teetering on the verge of burnout.

But a survey has been able to pinpoint the age it is most likely to happen to you, and it may well be sooner than you think.

According to the poll, the average worker is most like to experience career burnout by the early age of 32, some considerable years off retirement (the state retirement age is 67).

We might previously have assumed that the older generation, those in their work-fatigued 40s and 50s, would be more at risk from burning out.

In fact a previous study found that women aged over 55 years showed the highest levels of burnout.

But it seems the coronavirus pandemic and all the

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