Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds
Updated 1003 GMT (1803 HKT) September 9, 2020
(CNN)When Raquel Minina's 11-year-old son Syrus came home from school in Paulding County, Georgia, last week with a sore throat, runny nodse and diarrhea, she was devastated.
A hairdresser by trade, she knew a diagnosis of Covid-19 would put her out of work for a month or more, despite all the careful safety precautions she'd been using to keep her clients safe.
"If I don't work I don't get paid," Minina said. "And if I'm quarantined at home, I would have to pay for food delivery, or I might be too sick to cook and have to pay for take-out, all of which I can't afford."
It wasn't the first time Minina, a single mom, had faced the financial and emotional stress that Covid-19 has brought into people's lives. At the beginning of the pandemic she was out of work for six weeks and had to skip two mortgage payments. The stress began to affect her health.
"I could feel my heart racing, palpitations that felt like a heart attack, but it was anxiety," Minina said. "I suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and even with my medication, I was having panic attacks."
One-fourth of caregivers in worse health
Similar situations are occurring daily in homes across the United States as the added pressure of the pandemic takes its toll on our lives, according to a national analysis of at least 6.7 million caregivers insured by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
The analysis, ent