We’ll See You at MTAC Score!

MTAC Score

It’s official. Usagi Medical Group will be with you at MTAC Score. We’re looking forward to joining their crew for an excellent show coming up April 15-17, and celebrating their new digs at the Grand Hyatt in Nashville!

We feel compelled to remind folks that things regarding COVID are still kinda weird, and that UsagiMed has a cool COVID Survival Guide for you. (Including a slick, downloadable PDF.)

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What You Need to Know About Omicron

What You Need to Know About Omicron

Holiday season brought Thanksgiving festivities and Christmas parties galore, encouraging family and friends to come together and enjoy the start of Winter close together. Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron has resulted in a torrent of COVID-19 cases worldwide. With numbers rising to their early-pandemic numbers and higher, fear of the unknown and the search for any method possible to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe is only natural. Omicron is no joke, but fear-mongering has clouded our ability to find real statistics and information on the most secure, realistic method to avoid infection. Here’s what you need to know about Omicron:

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3 Tips For Easing Seasonal Depression

Easing Seasonal Depression

Winter is here! Chilly weather, mocha lattes, and layered outfits are readily at hand. However, with this also comes a rise in depression symptoms compared to the rest of the year[1]. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder in which depressive symptoms in a person occur at the same period for them each year, usually during the Winter season, due to the colder weather and decrease in sunlight during the daytime. Depression can be a very difficult illness to cope with, and there’s not usually a clear fix. BUT Easing seasonal depression is not that hard. Here are some of our top-tips you can try to help reduce the symptoms and improve your mood:

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Call An Ambulance!

Call An Ambulance

No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they must call an ambulance to save a loved one or prevent an accident. However, in the event you’re in an accident and waiting for an ambulance, how will you be prepared for when the emergency responders arrive?

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Cosplay Is Not Consent

Cosplay Is Not Consent

This Editorial Is Authored By UsagiMed Intern and Writer Allison Marrero
Trigger Warning for Mentions of Sexual Assault and Harassment

On October 9th, 2014, attendees of New York Comic Con entered the event seeking exciting guest panels, performance events, and of course, coveted cosplay photoshoots. However, fans saw signage at the entrance that permanently changed social expectations across the cosplay community: “Cosplay is Not Consent”

Cosplay Is Not Consent

Cosplay Is Not Consent

This motto is now commonplace at most cosplay conventions such as Anime Weekend Atlanta, Megacon, and FanExpo Canada, reminding attendees that while they can look at people in cosplay, they cannot touch them without their explicit consent. And it’s not restricted to physical contact–offending behaviors include harassment, catcalls, etc. In Alexandria Ellsworth’s 2018 UCF thesis I’m Not Your Waifu: Sexual Harassment And Assault in Cosplay, Anime, & Comic Conventions, she interviewed numerous cosplayers, male and female, asking them about their experiences cosplaying at conventions. One respondent “Lexie” stated she was “pinched and slapped hard on the backside” while leaning down in a Harley Quinn costume at an overseas convention.

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COVID Survival Guide

COVID Survival Guide

Cons are cautiously coming back, and we are all looking forward to the return of all things fun. But where COVID-19 is concerned, we may not be out of the woods, yet. Many cons (we’ll use AWA as an example) are wisely establishing Mask Policies and Safety Requirements for their guests and attendees. Please adhere to these guidelines.

COVID Survival Guide

Your friendly neighborhood Usagi Medical Group has put together a handy COVID Survival Guide. You can even download and print a PDF of this for sharing or posting on your favorite bulletin board.

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Con season is back!

This Editorial Is Authored By UsagiMed Intern and Writer Allison Marrero

Allison Marrero
Allison Marrero, UsagiMed Intern and Writer

Con season is back! Anime, comic, and gaming conventions across the U.S. have been returning, with events like Katsucon, Holiday Matsuri, and Anime Weekend Atlanta scheduled to take place in the upcoming six months. Some events have already occurred though, with one of the biggest conventions in the east, MegaCon, having taken place in Orlando this August, boasting over 100,000 attendees over four days.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of last year, I, along with most con-goers, have been steering clear from the convention scene due to health and safety concerns. However, MegaCon stated online that they would be heavily enforcing attendees to keep their masks on at all times except during stationary eating. I decided to attend for the full weekend and see how the mask and distancing guidelines carried out.

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Pandemic Side Effects: Addiction

Pandemic Side Effects: Addiction

This blog post is adapted from a paper written by UsagiMed’s Lynn Hubbard.

Pandemic Side Effects: Addiction

The prolonged uncertainty and anxiety drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in substance and alcohol abuse, with the CDC reporting in June 2020 that 13% of Americans claim starting substance use as a way of coping with emotional weight related to COVID-19. While COVID-19 cases in the U.S. seem to be dropping, the aftermath of the pandemic still impacts us, especially those struggling with addiction. From closed businesses to lost loved-ones, substance abuse is another far-reaching effect of COVID-19 that has changed lives across the United States.

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To Mask Or Not To Mask?

To Mask Or Not To Mask?
Returning To School

To Mask, Or Not To Mask? As of June 13th, over 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S., with 43.6% of Americans being fully vaccinated. However, alongside these growing numbers, the CDC has been changing their mask and distancing guidelines, currently advising that vaccinated Americans are not required to wear masks and can resume participating in activities they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, many schools are returning to fully in-person instruction, eliminating remote and distanced class settings, and many states have lifted their mask mandates as well.

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LGBTQ+ Acceptance

LGBTQ+ Acceptance

Anime and gaming conventions have been around for decades, giving fans of all sexualities, genders, and identities a space to celebrate the fan cultures they love. Regardless of who they are or where they came from, fans can find solace in conventions. However, finding safe spaces to express yourself isn’t always easy. While LGBTQ+ acceptance has improved significantly in the last ten years, there are still struggles that LGBTQ+ individuals continue to face. Our conventions work relentlessly to keep the space as accepting and forward as possible, through both their policies and precautionary measures.

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