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More than half of French nurses approaching burn-out: survey

More than half of French nurses are close to burning out, according to a survey of nearly 60,000 of them published on Sunday, which found they were struggling with cancelled holidays and increased work due to coronavirus.

The survey carried out by the national French nursing union found that 57 percent of respondents reported being in a “state of professional exhaustion”, up from 33 percent before the global Covid-19 pandemic struck France early in 2020.

The findings underline the strains being felt in the healthcare sector in Europe, which came under unprecedented pressure during the first wave of infections and now faces another surge in admissions.

The results are also likely to increase pressure on the centrist French government of President Emmanuel Macron, with more than a third of nurses saying their departments were understaffed compared to normal, and two thirds saying working conditions have deteriorated since the start of the pandemic. 

One in five nurses said they had been unable to take a holiday since March.

“While there are 34,000 vacant nurses’ positions at this time in 2020… the degraded working conditions mean we risk seeing even more nurses throwing in the towel,” the union said in its statement.


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Survey: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, less than 60% in U.S. plan to get flu vaccine

Oct. 1 (UPI) — Less than 60% of people in the United States plan to be vaccinated against the flu this winter, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Although fewer than one-third of respondents said that the COVID-19 pandemic would make them more likely to be vaccinated, nearly half said they were concerned about the potential effects of the new coronavirus on the seasonal bug, the data showed.

However, 25% said that if flu vaccines were offered in alternative settings — like drive-thru clinics — as well as medical offices and pharmacies, they would be more likely to be vaccinated.

“If there was ever a time to get the flu vaccine, this is the year,” Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said Thursday during a conference call with reporters.

“We are going to see a double-barreled respiratory virus season where COVID-19 and the flu collide … and October is the golden month” for people in the United States to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines, said Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults in August about their attitudes toward flu and pneumococcal disease, or pneumonia, prevention, just before the start of the flu season in most of the United States.

At the time, COVID-19 cases were increasing in many regions in the South and Midwest.

During the 2019-20 flu season, 48% of all U.S. adults — and 52% of people in the country overall — were vaccinated against the seasonal virus, a 2% increase over the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 1,000 adults who participated in the foundation’s survey, 59% said they would obtain the flu shot this year.

Assuming they do so — and that these findings reflect national trends — this would mark a significant increase in the number of people vaccinated against the flu, researchers said.

However, it “still isn’t enough … given the challenge we will inevitably face with COVID-19 in the winter,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on the conference call.

Being vaccinated against the flu not only reduces a person’s risk for getting infected, but it also lowers the risk for severe illness and infection from the virus and “keeps [people] out of the hospital,” Fauci said.

Fauci and others have warned that an expected increase in COVID-19 cases this winter could be a “challenging” situation.

Forty-six percent of the respondents to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases survey said they are worried about co-infection with flu and COVID-19, and 28% reported that the pandemic will make them more likely to become vaccinated against flu this year.

However, 22% of those surveyed who are at high risk for flu-related complications — adults age 65 years and older, smokers and those with diabetes, asthma, heart

CDC Survey Shows Slight Uptick in Uninsured Adults

The number of uninsured adults in the U.S. crept up to 14.5% in 2019, from 13.3% in 2018, according to data from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Put into context, the share of adults 18-64 who were uninsured last year was still much lower than the 20.4% of adults who reported being uninsured in 2013 — 3 years after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

While she’s not “especially surprised” by the slight uptick in the percentage of uninsured adults, given the “incremental increases” seen in the last few years, Rachel Garfield, PhD, co-director of the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured for the Kaiser Family Foundation, said it is “troubling” given the turmoil of the last 6 months, between the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

The survey also found that slightly more men than women, more young adults than older adults, and far more Hispanic adults than non-Hispanic adults lacked insurance. Additionally, more adults in “fair or poor” health were uninsured compared with those who said their health was “excellent, very good, or good.”

When asked their reasons for not having insurance, 73.7% said plans were not affordable. The percentage of adults who found coverage unaffordable increased with age: 66.8% of adults 18-29 compared with 80.9% of those 50-64 stated that cost was a reason they did not have a health plan.

“We have seen pretty consistently, for a very, very long time that most people who are uninsured say that they’re uninsured because of costs,” Garfield said.

While some people expected the ACA to make coverage affordable for everyone, she noted, “there are people who are falling through the cracks in that coverage and [who] still can’t afford health insurance.”

The percentage of older adults who said they could not afford coverage also troubled Garfield, given the ACA’s restriction on underwriting health coverage based on age.

But it’s unclear whether the individual reporting affordability issues actually shopped for a health plan, she said.

The report highlighted other key findings, including:

  • 16% of men were uninsured versus 13.1% of women
  • 17.5% of adults 18-29 were uninsured versus 10.5% of adults 50-64
  • 30.2% of Hispanic adults were uninsured versus 14.3% of non-Hispanic Black and 10.2% of non-Hispanic white adults
  • 17.6% of adults who described their health as “fair or poor” lacked insurance, while 14.1% of adults in “excellent, very good, or good” health reported being uninsured

Beyond cost, respondents gave other reasons for not having a health plan: 25.3% said they were not eligible for insurance; 21.3% did “not need or want” coverage; 18.4% said enrollment was “too difficult or confusing”; 18% said they “could not find a plan” that met their needs; and 8.5% said that they had enrolled but their coverage had not started. (Respondents were allowed to provide more than one reason for not having insurance.)

In drilling down into these responses, the survey found that the percentage of adults currently ineligible for insurance was higher, at 30.4%, among Hispanic adults compared with 22.3%

Survey: Americans are Concerned About Their Physical Fitness and Mental Health

Survey: Americans are Concerned About Their Physical Fitness and Mental Health – Yet Resolved to Take Charge of Their Self-Care

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Sept. 29, 2020

Sports Nutrition Leader OPTIMUM NUTRITION® offering free expert training and advice to restart a healthy lifestyle routine through the brand’s BETTER THAN BEFORE program

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has Americans concerned about their physical and mental well-being. A new survey* reveals a majority of Americans are exercising less, with nearly half gaining weight and neglecting healthy eating as they deal with feelings of isolation and perceived barriers to maintaining their health and fitness. Yet, a majority are resolving to emerge stronger, with nearly nine in 10 Americans hoping to improve at least one aspect of their self-care. Global sports nutrition leader, OPTIMUM NUTRITION (“ON”), commissioned the survey and is aiming to help people be BETTER THAN BEFORE with an ongoing program of free training sessions, dynamic workouts, and a social community of support on the brand’s social channels.

Resolving to help Americans facing fitness and wellness challenges, Optimum Nutrition offering free, expert training and advice to support a healthy lifestyle through BETTER THAN BEFORE livestreamed events: running Oct. 5 -9 on Optimum Nutrition's Instagram (@optimumnutrition).
Resolving to help Americans facing fitness and wellness challenges, Optimum Nutrition offering free, expert training and advice to support a healthy lifestyle through BETTER THAN BEFORE livestreamed events: running Oct. 5 -9 on Optimum Nutrition’s Instagram (@optimumnutrition).

ON’s upcoming BETTER THAN BEFORE series of free livestreamed events (running October 5th-9th), will offer expert coaching in fitness, nutrition and mental health. The sessions – including workouts, information sessions and Q&A – will feature leading fitness professionals, influencers and celebrities, along with registered dieticians and health providers.

“COVID-19 has disrupted our fitness and nutrition routines and it’s taught us a lot about ourselves. We commissioned this survey to measure how we could support consumers maintaining their fitness and self-care routines. We found that while Americans have weathered significant setbacks, they are resolved to take charge of their own health and fitness,” said Sarah Lombard, marketing director for ON.

“Supporting those who are making a commitment to their fitness in in our brand DNA and we’ve done it for over 30 years. ON is responding to this moment by pulling together some of our strongest trainers and experts to support people on their quest to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even for those who are struggling with their motivation and changes to their finances and gym access,” said Lombard.

Snapshot of a Pandemic-Weathered Nation
ON survey results show that a majority of Americans (62%) are concerned with their overall health. Healthy habits such as workouts and pickup sports games with friends have taken a back seat of late, with 63% of respondents admitting they are not as active as they’d like to be.

More than half (51%) are exercising less than before the pandemic: 45% report gaining weight and 42% say they are eating less healthy. And a majority of respondents (85%) say they are facing barriers to getting healthier, be it a lack of motivation (38%), lack of financial resources (33%) or