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Experts share their tips on how to prevent misbehavior in kids and teens.

6 Expert Tips for Defusing Kids' Quarantine Meltdowns

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When kids and teens chafe under COVID-19 quarantine, how can parents stop the meltdowns and misbehavior?

Start with understanding: Young people miss their friends and their freedom. Younger kids might respond by throwing tantrums. Teens might isolate themselves, ignore social distancing rules or sneak out to see friends.

To curb negative behavior, experts from Penn State Children's Hospital offer their advice.

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The American Psychological Association offers some tips on ways of coping with loss and grief.

How to Cope With Your Grief During Coronavirus Pandemic

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Grief is touching the lives of countless Americans as the COVID-19 death toll mounts.

The death of a family member or close friend can be among the most difficult things you'll have to deal with, so the American Psychological Association outlines ways of coping with that loss -- whether or not it is coronavirus-related.

Talking about the death with friends or others can help you understand what happened and remember that person. Avoiding the issue can lead to isolation and interfere with the healing process.

You may experience a wide range of emotions -- from sadness, anger or even exhaustion -- and should accept them, the APA says in a news release.

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Some common stressors included managing distance/online learning for their kids, providing basic needs like access to food and housing and being upset about missing major milestones.

Pandemic Has Overburdened Parents Stressed Out: Poll

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If there's such a thing as a "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic, it's a constant state of stress.

And it's particularly intense for many parents who are keeping house, working from home, and trying to keep their kids' online learning on track at the same time, according to a new online survey.

Nearly half (46%) of respondents who have kids younger than 18 said their average stress level is high these days. Only 28% of adults without minor children said the same, according to the online poll of more than 3,000 adults. It was conducted from April 24 to May 4.

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The findings support reports from doctors treating COVID-19 patients of widespread damage to lung blood vessels and the presence of blood clots that aren't typical in a respiratory disease.

COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: Study

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that COVID-19 attacks the lungs in a far different manner from the flu.

Unlike most respiratory diseases, significant impacts on blood vessels were seen in the lungs of seven COVID-19 patients. The lung tissue of those patients was compared to lung tissue from seven people who died of pneumonia caused by the flu.

There was evidence that COVID-19 attacks the lining of lung blood vessels and COVID-19 patients' lungs had many tiny blood clots and grew new blood vessels in response, according to the study published May 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings support reports from doctors treating COVID-19 patients of widespread damage to lung blood vessels and the presence of blood clots that aren't typical in a respiratory disease, the Washington Post reported.

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A new study looks at how different types of face masks — from medical-grade to homemade — may reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of seven types of face coverings -- including medical-grade and homemade masks -- when people breathed or coughed while standing or lying down. They were also tested using a dummy attached to a cough-simulating machine.

All face coverings without an outlet valve reduce the forward distance of a deep exhale by at least 90%, according to the study led by engineers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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A new modeling forecast suggests that COVID-19 could hit Africa hard, sickening up to a quarter-billion people in the first year and causing 190,000 deaths.

WHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Without quick action, the new coronavirus could sicken up to a quarter-billion people in Africa during the pandemic's first year and claim 190,000 lives, a new modeling forecast suggests.

Up to 5.5 million people could require hospitalization, 140,000 could have severe COVID-19, and 89,000 would be critically ill, the World Health Organization study says.

The forecast -- led by author Humphrey Karamagi, from WHO's office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo -- has been accepted for publication in the journal BMJ Global Health.

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Researchers looked at data on 1,150 adults with confirmed COVID-19 infections in two New York City hospitals and found that 22% of these patients were critically ill and required treatment in an intensive care or high dependency unit, and 79% of critically ill patients needed a ventilator to breathe.

1 in 5 Hospitalized NYC COVID-19 Patients Needed ICU Care

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-fifth of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City have critical illness, and nearly 80% of critically ill patients need ventilators to help them breathe, according to a new study.

The findings have important implications for U.S. hospitals, specifically the need to prepare for large numbers of COVID-19 patients who require intensive care, the researchers said. The study was published May 19 in The Lancet journal.

Since January, the United States has had more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 90,000 deaths.

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Researchers found that the worldwide daily emissions fell by 17% — or 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide — during the peak of the pandemic confinement measures in early April, compared to average daily levels in 2019.

Pandemic Has Cut Global Carbon Emissions by 17%

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's not just your imagination -- with everyone avoiding travel, the air is cleaner these days. Daily global carbon emissions fell by about one-sixth during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say.

But it's not likely to last.

"Population confinement has led to drastic changes in energy use and CO2 emissions. These extreme decreases are likely to be temporary though, as they do not reflect structural changes in the economic, transport or energy systems," said study leader Corinne Le Quéré, of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

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