NYC’s Mosquito Season

mosquitoHow is New York going to deal with the mosquito season that is about to start in April? It’s so much more than just mosquitoes. With the fear of the Zika virus they carry, NYC officials are working very hard. Mosquito experts were called in for consultation by the New York City Department of Health to devise a plan to fight the possible spread of this virus.

However, New Yorkers do not need to run and hide just yet. Thankfully, there have been no known Zika cases in NYC, according to Dr. Mary Basset, Health Commissioner. The kind of mosquito that usually spreads the virus can more often be found in Latin America and the Caribbean; it does not live in this region.

But Basset noted that its cousin – the Asian tiger mosquito – does appear in NYC. It usually breeds in very small water collections, she said. Given that fact, she is trying to encourage those who live in the city to get rid of all standing water they find on their property which could become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

For pregnant women of course, contracting the Zika virus can be even more problematic. Hence, as per Gov. Cuomo’s request, pregnant women in the region whose sexual partners have traveled to countries that have been affected by the virus, will be eligible for free tests for the infection.



Caring for Caregivers

woman-158230_1280When family or friends end up bearing the brunt of caretaking for senior members in their inner circle, they can end up completely depleted themselves. They need help and support, especially if they are caring for them round the clock. Of course there are options, such as the Dry Harbor Nursing Home or the Village Adult Day Health Center in the New York area, that takes the burden away and provides tremendously top quality care for the elderly.

But for people who opt to take on the role of senior care-taking, they deserve some help. Thankfully, there are efforts being generated by lawmakers to provide this right now. For example, New York congresswoman Nita Lowey is working on promoting a law that would provide a Social Security credit to all those who have been forced to leave their job (or cut down their hours) in order to take care of a family member.

To try to encourage other legislators to support this, Lowey pointed out that America has 65 million unpaid caregivers. These people end up losing an average of $324,000 in pay and benefits over a lifetime.

These caregivers are seriously doing the work of angels. However they are human. They need to be compensated. It is also essential that they do not neglect their own health as the potential for burnout in this role is extremely high. Lowey has made a real step in the right direction.