COVID isolation, anxiety ‘really reinforce’ eating disorders
By Judi Kanne The COVID-19 pandemic has proved a perfect storm for eating disorders, experts say. Lockdowns to limit the spread of infection have made Americans more isolated from one another while increasing their anxiety. Psychologists say the emotional impact of that has driven many people into binge eating... Read more
Bars and COVID-19: Can safety guidelines work?
A required 10 p.m. cutoff for serving alcohol in bars has put Georgia’s best-known college town in the cross-hairs of a COVID-19 debate. Should states or local governments shut down bars to curb the coronavirus surge? Short of that, should they limit bars’ hours? The Athens-Clarke County Commission recently... Read more
The complicated world of contact tracing
By Madeline Laguaite Many students choose to take it easy during their summer break. But instead of spending the remaining days of her summer vacation sleeping in, Sombal Bari is on the phone for hours at a time to stop the spread of COVID-19 through her job as a... Read more
Deaths of Despair: Exploring county data
Deaths of Despair is a term that describes fatalities from alcohol and drugs as well as suicide. Such deaths are nothing new, of course, but an array of social and economic factors influence where and when they are most common. The American Communities Project, with funding from the Arthur... Read more
Latinos in Georgia feel doubly vulnerable to COVID-19
David was working as a laborer at a North Georgia construction site in May when he began to feel body pains and chills. A Latino from El Salvador, David, who requested anonymity for this article, was eventually admitted to a hospital with a severe case of COVID-19. His brother,... Read more

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