The TAPS Daily - October 5, 2020
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- CDC says coronavirus can spread through airborne transmission
The CDC said Monday that coronavirus can spread through "airborne transmission" to people who are more than 6 feet away under certain conditions.
- Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed as White House hit by wave of COVID-19 infections
Task & Purpose
President Donald Trump said he will leave a military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19 later on Monday, despite a wave of infections that have hit his White House.
- Airman receives medal for helping people in Las Vegas shooting
Task & Purpose
During the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jordan Benson helped save more than 30 people when a gunman opened fire.
- Veterans Feel Betrayed as U.S. Immigration System Fails Imperiled Iraqi Allies
Trapped in the endless bureaucracy of a broken visa program, Iraqis who risked their lives to support U.S. forces live in fear at home.
- Loss of smell could be a 'highly reliable indicator' of COVID-19, research says
Loss of smell and taste are a strong sign someone is infected with coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and in some cases it may occur without the other symptoms of cough or fever.
- Is It COVID-19, Allergies, The Flu Or A Cold? How To Stay Healthy This Fall
Allergies, colds, flu and COVID-19: how to best prep for fall's 'sick season'.
- Increased screen time amid pandemic is causing more eye problems
Optometrists report a rising number of patients with eye problems during the pandemic.
- Neanderthal genes are a liability for COVID-19 patients, study says
Genes that some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increase the likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19, according to scientists.
TAPS In the News
- We're All in This Together - COVID-19 Resources for American Public
Resources and support to help anyone facing the impacts of COVID-19.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States to begin Monday, October 12.
- GI Bill protections extended for student veterans dealing with campus coronavirus changes
As part of the budget deal approved last week, Congress extended several financial protections for student veterans whose education plans were disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Senators promised a 'new command climate' at Fort Hood in 90 days
The VA will be investigated by a watchdog agency following allegations from VA staff that racism and discrimination are widespread at the department.
- House chairman asks Secret Service for briefing on COVID-19 safeguards for agents
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said he has requested a briefing from the Secret Service on its safeguards for agents exposed to COVID-19.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- So much time and none it to grieve
Whatever grief you are feeling, whether related to COVID or otherwise, whether anticipatory or existential, whether related to your own health or the world’s or your community’s — it matters.
- 'Call It Grief and Then See if it Changes How You View it'
Grief can have a clarifying effect, a way of lasering away the mundane. Here’s how you can apply some lessons from loss to this year’s surreal new world.
- Young enlisted troops suicide deaths elevated, Pentagon says
Even as DoD makes targeted efforts to lower the rate of suicides among young enlisted service members that demographic continues to make up the majority of suicide loss deaths.
- New Productivity Targets for Counselors Could Hurt Mental Health Care for Veterans: GAO
New productivity expectations for VA mental health counselors requiring them to see more patients could be detrimental to the quality of care they deliver, a GAO report warns.
- Impact of wildfires affecting residents' mental health
“It’s kind of hard to have good mental health days when your world is, literally, on fire.”
- How to ask what kids are feeling during stressful times
We Are The Mighty
Psychologists have engineered a dialogue to provide parents with insight into how their kids are handling emotional turmoil.
- How to Let Go at the End of the Workday
Harvard Business Review
A reminder as more must work from home during the pandemic of the importance of creating boundaries between the two worlds. Here’s how end-of-day routines can help.
- The Military's Coronavirus Cases: The Latest Rundown
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, the DoD and the VA are providing daily updates on the number of confirmed and presumptive cases in the military community.
- Fort Bliss soldier killed when driver sped through red light, police say
A 21-year-old soldier died when his motorcycle collided with a speeding car that failed to stop at a red light in El Paso, Texas, according to local police.
- United States Army chef finds success in service
For one Army chef, service is the perfect recipe.
- The VA Is Working Harder Than Ever to Connect with Isolated Veterans
While our country is dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VA has modified its outreach by meeting veterans where they are in a safe environment.
- VA Telehealth Is Part of This Vietnam Veteran’s Approach to Pain Management
VA Video Connect helps Vietnam Veterans cope with stress and stay safe during COVID-19.
- A veteran’s burial flag was found in an antique store; now it’s finally home with his family
A veteran’s burial flag was found in an antique shop in Florida with his military records by a Florida veteran who located and returned to the family.
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