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Stress, Anxiety And The Challenges Of Re-Entering Society

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A health worker prepares to administer a jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive for people ages 30 to 39 in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Due to the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines, people are not just reuniting with family and friends, many people are re-engaging with the world in ways that just weren’t possible for nearly a year and a half.

However, this period of time carries its own challenges. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association showed that 49 percent of respondents said they feel uneasy about adjusting to in-person interaction as the pandemic eases. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe and her guests talk about coping with re-entry anxiety, stress and other challenges tied to the emergence from the pandemic.


  • Tyler Slayman, M.D., Family Medicine Physician, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D., OBGYN and integrative medicine from Cedar Falls
  • Barry Schreier, director of the University Counseling Service and professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa