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5 Apps to Support Mental Health During an Epidemic

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The world we once knew is vastly changing due to the unprecedented effects of the coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2. The new pandemic is shifting the way we buy groceries, seek medical attention, and order food. Staying in can feel isolating and produce anxiety. Thanks to technology, there are apps you can access to support your mental health. 

1. Talkspace 

The app matches you with a licensed therapist in your state to connect with via text, audio, and video. You can message your therapist with anything you might be feeling and ensures patient privacy.

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2. Headspace 

This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and practice mindfulness. Users can learn techniques to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness exercises to help promote balance and wellness.

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3. 7 Cups of Tea 

The app allows users to chat with volunteer listeners. It offers a $150 monthly subscription to chat with licensed therapists to work with throughout the week instead of just once a week. The app also provides over 300 mindfulness exercises you can practice. 

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4. BetterHelp 

The app offers e-counseling to users seeking professional help with licensed therapists to connect with day or night to that offer a wide range of services from family therapy to couples therapy for easier access to professional advice and support mental health.   

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5. Anxiety Reliever 

This app helps users to reach a calmer a peaceful state with the ongoing stresses of the world. It contains calming audio recordings to focus on relaxation, guides, and supportive messages.

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Apps today are providing services to help with the ongoing crisis of the coronavirus pandemic from access to healthcare to help support mental health. For more ways and techniques to help alleviate stress during these challenging times, click, here

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  1. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/naming-the-coronavirus-disease-(covid-2019)-and-the-virus-that-causes-it
  2. https://www.talkspace.com/
  3. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talkspace-online-therapy/id661829386
  4. https://www.headspace.com/
  5. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008
  6. https://www.7cups.com/
  7. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/7-cups-anxiety-stress-chat/id921814681
  8. https://www.betterhelp.com/
  9. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/betterhelp-online-counseling/id995252384
  10. https://www.anxietyrelieverapp.com/
  11. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/anxiety-reliever/id1029839288
  12. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/03/25/finding-accessible-healthcare-during-a-pandemic/
  13. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/03/31/5-ways-to-relieve-stress-during-a-pandemic/

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Portable X-Ray Receives FDA Clearance for COVID Testing

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New forms of COVID-19 testing continue to emerge as companies use innovative techniques to determine if an individual could have the virus. From CRISPR testing approval from the FDA to an automated robot conducting COVID-19 testing, a new method from Aspenstate has just been announced.

A lightweight, portable X-ray system from Aspenstate known as the AiRTouch has received FDA clearance. This form of testing could be beneficial for quickly obtaining chest X-rays from potential COVID-19 patients. The AiRTouch weighs 5.5 pounds (2.5 Kg) and looks like a large touchscreen digital camera. The device takes a picture with a push of a button and can wirelessly transfer the images to a clinical image storage system or PACS without a computer. The battery from AiRTouch can charge within two hours and can obtain up to 300 exposures per charge. 

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This portable X-ray system could be useful for quickly obtaining chest X-rays of COVID-19 patients.  According to the company, its portability has already made it useful in drive-through screening centers in South Korea

“Our clients have noticed a dramatic increase in capacity and the ability to move patients through quickly and efficiently,” David Lee, Vice President and COO of Aspenstate, stated. 

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Lee went on to say that the device is very simple to use with the integrated software, and portable features allow the use of the device outside of conventional X-ray resources. The company believes the AiRTouch for chest X-rays for COVID-19 could also be used in urgent care facilities, ambulances, sports medicine, extremities, dental, and veterinary settings

Check out this video on the AiRTouch:

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  1. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/05/07/new-crispr-test-for-covid-19-could-be-a-simple-at-home-diagnostic-test-according-to-scientists/
  2. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/05/safe-covid-19-testing-performed-by-automated-rob
  3. https://www.medgadget.com/2020/05/airtouch-portable-x-ray-receives-fda-clearance.htmlot/

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Safe COVID-19 Testing Performed by Automated Robot

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Medical professionals testing people for COVID-19 usually involves performing a throat swab to collect a sample for processing. Clinicians that are collecting COVID-19 samples from individuals must wear an entire package of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be quite uncomfortable when worn for long periods. Since the expansion of test sampling is now being conducted outside of clinical facilities and with temperatures rising, wearing protective gear can become difficult for clinicians.

In Denmark, a team of robotic engineers at the University of Southern Denmark have designed a machine that can conduct throat swabs automatically without a human clinician present in the facility. The robot reaches into the throat and moves a swab against the selected tissue within. After the sample is collected, it stores the swab into a glass jar and seals the top shut.  

The robot was trained to be gentle, and volunteers who have already been swabbed by the device have reported no discomfort. Further trials are needed to confirm the efficiency of the new machine and to ensure that no malfunction can occur. To help market and manufacture the new robot, the engineers that developed it have started up a company called Lifeline Robotics. The engineers hope to have devices testing people for COVID-19 as early as late June, but the advanced technology is sure to be useful when the pandemic is over. 

Here are some videos to demonstrate how the machine works:

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  1. https://www.medgadget.com/2020/06/automated-robot-takes-swabs-for-safe-covid-19-testing.html
  2. https://www.lifelinerobotics.com/

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5 Apps For a Good Night’s Sleep

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Getting quality sleep will play a vital role in how you feel when you are awake throughout the day. Sleep is essential for various aspects of brain function, including cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. Here are five apps that can help you get a good night’s sleep and track your sleeping schedule. 

Noisli

With Noisli, you can choose from different sounds like thunder, wind, and white noise to create a personal sleep soundtrack to help you fall asleep. You can create a combo of sounds you love and can save in the app for future use. Make sure to keep your phone plugged-in if you keep your phone on overnight to hear your soothing sleep soundtrack.

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Pzizz

The Pzizz app can set a timer for a sleep session, and the app plays soothing dreamscape, including a combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects. The app also has an option to set up a built-in alarm to wake up. For more advanced features, you’ll need to upgrade to choose different sounds. 


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Slumber 

Slumber offers a mixture of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it’s meditation focused, bedtime story series, or sounds of a warm jacuzzi. There are background noises to choose from like rain or the ocean and can play for up to 10 hours after the track finishes. Each week there are new sleep-inducing stories and meditations you can choose from. You can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version.

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Sleep Cycle

If you want to understand how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app can help you achieve your sleep goals. It tracks your sleep patterns and offers tips to improve your sleep. The app also has an alarm clock that kindly wakes you up when you’re in your lightest sleep phase, waking you up feeling rejuvenated. It’s important to remember that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate. If you are still struggling to sleep you should consult with your primary care physician or dedicated sleep specialist.

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10% Happier

10% Happier offers a wide range of meditations, including ones for sleep that span from three minutes to 45 minutes to ease your mind and fall right to sleep. There are also meditation exercises with a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for additional support.

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Mobile and web applications are making it accessible for people to help support their mental health, finding a healthcare physician, prescription delivery, and much more. 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important#3.-Good-sleep-can-improve-concentration-and-productivity
  2. https://www.noisli.com/apps
  3. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/g26963663/best-sleep-apps/
  4. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pzizz-sleep-nap-focus/id915664862
  5. https://slumber.fm/about
  6. https://www.sleepcycle.com/
  7. https://www.tenpercent.com/
  8. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/04/11/5-apps-to-help-support-your-mental-health-during-an-epidemic/
  9. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/03/25/finding-accessible-healthcare-during-a-pandemic/
  10. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/04/18/5-apps-for-prescription-delivery/

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