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It seemed like a great idea. Everyone would be home to help, so we got a COVID puppy. She’s the perfect little mutt—based on what we were told, her bloodlines officially include poodle, golden retriever, cocker spaniel and “there ain’t no tellin’ what else might be in there.” Nonetheless, we were smitten and brought eight pounds of pure joy, unbridled enthusiasm and immeasurable pee and poop into our home.

Daisy is now six months old, and she has succeeded in bringing us joy. Oh, we’re still cleaning up little “accidents” and her response to simple commands is hit or miss, but she has successfully provided a much needed distraction from everything 2020 continues to bring to our collective doorstep. On top of a “novel” virus, there have been murder hornets, plagues, riots, earthquakes and the stepping down of Harry and Meghan. 2020 needed a puppy. Or something.

The reality is, for many, the chaos of 2020 has led to feelings of isolation, anxiety and uncertainty. The mental health impact is real. If you are concerned about yourself, a coworker or family member, check out the information and resources available on the CDC’s website.

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Holli Singleton

Holli SingletonHolli Singleton is the Assistant Director of Safety & Health Services at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In addition to managing the services offered by the Safety and Health Specialists, she develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts worksite assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental assistance to employers throughout the southeastern region of the United States.