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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…

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet

Photo by Testalize.me on Unsplash 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…

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…

Wuhan Coronavirus: A Practical Pandemic Panic Primer

Photo by Gani Nurhakim on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 4, 2020 From the same planet that brought you SARS and MERS, it’s the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus. I’m sure a more pronounceable acronym is forthcoming, but for…

The Pain in Spain Stays Mainly in Your Brain

Photo by Andrew Neel from Pexels Suppose your beloved but clumsy dance partner steps on your foot and you immediately feel pain, identified by your brain as clearly being in the crushed appendage, but what exactly is that sensation and where does it…