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One Year of a Pandemic

It’s been one year since Humboldt County was ordered to shelter-in-place. How can one begin to define this past year, now that we all know firsthand that the word “pandemic” means a whole lot more than just a widespread outbreak…

Seven Years of Pandemic?

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 23rd, 2021 Scariest among the recent COVID-19 updates is the revelation that we might be facing another seven years of COVID-19 updates. Not necessarily in the United States,…

Different Strains

Photo by Prasesh Shiwakoti (Lomash) on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on January 12, 2021 It’s been a year of this now, and in all likelihood, it won’t be the last one. The record for COVID-19 deaths in a…

Better Call Sol

Photo by David Monje on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on December 29, 2020 By the time you read this, the winter solstice of 2020 will have passed, yet the daily increasing light goes on for another 6 months…

Don’t Read This Article

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on December 22, 2020 While it’s been discussed from the onset of the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on our collective mental health over the past year is in…

Who’s First?

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on December 8, 2020  Now that the vaccine is here, who’s going to get it first? Happy to save me from a rhetorical question, England has already ordered up two million shots…

Make a New Plan Stan

Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash As the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases spreads across the US, scenes of last spring’s initial wave are being revisited: refrigerated trucks for excess bodies, exhausted medical personnel reusing personal protective equipment at their…

Love is All You Need

Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash In his 2012 book “The Social Conquest of the Earth“, renowned biologist E.O. Wilson compared various eusocial species in an effort to tease out the differences and similarities between human societies and those of…

Keep Your Mask On

Photo by Atoms on Unsplash I will go ahead and concede that a few layers of cloth don’t exactly seem like that significant of a measure in the face of a global pandemic. However, I must admit that I am…

Surge Protection

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on October 27th, 2020  Nine months into the pandemic, with winter approaching, we anticipate the expected surge in COVID-19 cases much better prepared than we were for the initial outbreak. Case numbers…