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Catching Waves

What A Second Wave Might Look Like The notable spikes in COVID-19 numbers following the optimistic reopening of several states have drawn attention to the looming possibility that our coronavirus pandemic will experience a resurgent “second wave.” This phenomenon refers…

OK, Zoomer

With schools and many workplaces closed and millions of people sheltering in place over the past three months, our intensely social species has found its social habits undergoing a sometimes disturbing transformation. Many changes are temporary, others are expected to…

Addiction

We have a bit of a tendency to throw around the word “addiction.” On one hand, we have the “fun” kind of addiction, as in, “this new show is so addictive”, or “I’m addicted to honey roasted peanuts lately”. And…

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Diet is right up there with religion and politics as a topic that will often create acrimony or even outright hostility among folks who don’t see eye to eye, so if you find anything hard to swallow in what follows,…

It Takes the Vaccination of Millions to Hold Them Back

Vaccination is a process in which our immune systems are introduced to a harmless version of an infectious agent, such as a virus or bacterium. This introduction induces the body’s natural immune response and marks any intruders as a threat,…

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet

Just a few short weeks ago, much of the Covid-19 news was focused on the shortage of mechanical ventilators, machines that breathe for a patient who can no longer breathe on their own. More ventilators seemed the only hope for…

Alone and Lonely, Together Or, I Promise This Isn’t Entirely About Coronavirus

Sociality (not socialism) is the degree to which an animal cooperates or associates with its own kind, and it is a product of survival, evolution, and biology. Some organisms, like many big cats, are barely social at all, only associating…

We’re In This For the Long Haul

How is that adjustment going? Two weeks ago we talked about the stages of grief and a psychological condition called “adjustment disorder” in reference to the reaction to sheltering in place that we may be experiencing. Back then, seemingly long,…

Going Viral

Have you adjusted yet? It would not be surprising if your answer were a resounding “No!”  You might even be feeling a kind of grief for your former life, the one in which you got to hug your friends, high…

Love in the Time of Covid-19: Quarantine Your Fear

Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 31, 2020 We are living through one of the scariest times in recent history, and humans are not very good at being scared. Experiencing an overwhelming global crisis coupled with the prospect of…