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How COVID-19 is Affecting Mental Health

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated several known risk factors for mental health issues, unsurprisingly causing a spike in symptoms of depression and anxiety and exacerbating existing mental health conditions. Such risk factors for mental health issues include, but are not limited to, uncertainty and fear of the future, economic instability, social isolation, physical inactivity, … Continue reading

Potential Benefits and Costs of US Backed Nuclear Power Plants Abroad
China / Energy / Environment / Foreign Policy / National Security

Potential Benefits and Costs of US Backed Nuclear Power Plants Abroad

Last month the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced its reversal of a legacy policy that banned the financing of nuclear power projects abroad[1]. The decision, currently in the public notice and comment period, was lauded as a victory by the energy, environmental, and national security spheres[2][3] but raises several concerns around carbon emissions, … Continue reading

Healthcare

Bringing Out the Worst in Each Other: COVID-19 and Opioid Use Disorder

The COVID-19 pandemic is raising concerns about the medical and psychological implications for those with Substance Use Disorders (SUD), in particular, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). A White House drug policy office analysis indicates an 11.4% increase in overdose fatalities in the first four months of 2020, compared to the same time last year. Non-fatal overdoses have increased by 18.6% in the same time frame. [I] Individual states have … Continue reading

Labor Force

The Continued Costs of COVID-19 and Lack of Flights

Today, we are living in a historical period of the first “services recession.” This recession started with the invisible enemy, or better known as the COVID-19 virus, which interrupted our daily lives. With this widespread impact and unexpected conditions on our economy, it is difficult to detect any similarities or patterns from past recessions. As … Continue reading

Who is Excluded from the Stimulus Package?
Economy / Healthcare

Who is Excluded from the Stimulus Package?

College students across the nation are angered by the stimulus package presented in the CARES act, specifically their exclusion from the $1,200 stimulus checks. As outlined in the bill, adults with incomes under $75,000 will receive a $1,200 check, couples filing jointly will receive $2,400, and those with children will receive $500 for each additional … Continue reading

Healthcare / Regulation

How to Lower Health Care Costs: A Webcast from The Hamilton Project

The goal of this webcast, held on March 10, 2020, was to explore how competition, regulation, and reduced administrative expenses can help lower health care costs, strengthen the health care sector, and drive economic growth in the United States. In the United States health care sector, administrative costs are high and competition is generally low— … Continue reading

Politics

What does the constitution say about restricting immigration ?

One of the hallmarks of Trumpism is the increasingly intense dialogue surrounding immigration, ushering in a wave of xenophobia and a brighter distinction between “them” and “us”. Although the Federal Government has mobilized this sentiment in the form of immigration restriction, it is unclear whether or not the Constitution explicitly bestows this authority. This article … Continue reading