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Catching Waves

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 23, 2020 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…

OK, Zoomer

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash 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 You Gonna Eat That?

Photo by Ello on Unsplash 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…

It Takes the Vaccination of Millions to Hold Them Back

Photo by CDC on Unsplash 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…

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

Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash 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…

We’re In This For the Long Haul

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels 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…

Going Viral

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash 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…

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

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash 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…

Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic Together

Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 24, 2020 While Humboldt County’s lone official positive case of Covid-19 has recovered, the highly infectious and deadly disease caused by a novel coronavirus that emerged in…

Part 2 – Wuhan Coronavirus: Don’t Panic, But It’s Pandemic

Photo by Tonik on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 18, 2020 First, a quick update. The Wuhan Coronavirus has a new name and is now called COVID-19. I think the rebranding is a little sterile and sounds…