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Study: Worrying About COVID is Making Americans Stupid, Performing ‘Poorly’ on Simple Cognitive Tests

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Worrying about COVID-19 isn’t just making you miserable, depressed and anxious but also stupid. According to a study conducted by McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital, “authors concluded that people more worried about coronavirus and its effects performed worse at information processing tests and had a distorted view of risk levels” reports Daily Mail UK.

The study surveyed 1,500 Americans online from April to June of 2020, and found that “those who are worried about the COVID-19 pandemic are slower at processing information, worse at retaining information and more likely to overestimate negative odds than their less anxious counterparts.”

By comparing pre and post-pandemic groups given the same tests, those surveyed in June of 2020 after strict lockdown measures were in place, exhibited “slower processing speed, lower task-switching accuracy, and were more sensitive to risk.”

Participants rated their individual level of worry and then completed an information processing test. “Individuals reporting greater pandemic-related worry appeared more sensitive to described risk level,” the authors say.

As the pandemic progressed, the third wave of test-takers in June of 2020 showed slower processing speeds, a lower ability to maintain goals in mind, and were more sensitive to risk than those in the first wave.

According to study author Kevin Da Silva Castanheira, a psychology grad student at McGill, “the impairments associated with worry observed here suggest that under periods of high stress, like a global pandemic, our ability to think, plan, and evaluate risk is altered.”

The study suggests “the persistently impaired task performance may reflect the impact of prolonged (i.e. chronic) exposure to stress or a shift in the sources of worry.” Additionally, anxious respondents may be more sensitive to risk because they’re more likely to “seek out information” such as “greater exposure to media” which most likely discusses risk.

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    January 3, 2022 at 9:41 am

    It’s the DUMBING DOWN of Society and is all part of the overall plan for a NEW WORLD ORDER ! It causes people to look for a “leader” to get them out of the created rut by CORRUPT Governments and take away our rights and freedoms !! Time for people to stand up and revolt !! Take your life back !! You’re NOT OWNED by the Government !! Once FREEDOM is taken away it’s NEVER given back !

  2. susan k korabik

    January 3, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    this study has it backwards. stupid people are likely to be more worried about covid than intelligent people.its a case of what comes first the chicken or the egg.

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Biden Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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