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Qualified Immunity

Photo by Magda Ehlers from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 11, 2020 In recent weeks many news stories have been emerging speculating as to whether or not recovered COVID-19 patients are immune to getting the disease a second time. Other stories…

Treat Yourself to Some Hope

Photo by Jungwoo Hong on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 4, 2020 With case numbers rising and no vaccine expected until at least 2021, there’s not a lot of hopeful news on the COVID front, at least…

Fitting Into Your Genes, Part II

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 28, 2020 Read Fitting Into Your Genes, Part I DNA testing Millions of Americans have flocked to have their DNA tested over the past decade or so to…

The Sweetness of Bias

Photo by Vera Arsic from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 21, 2020 From the very first whispers of COVID-19, way back in November and December of last year, there has been a very vocal minority of individuals who, for one…

Get a Grip

Photo by Kelly Sikkema  Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 14, 2020  Do you think you could hang from a chin-up bar for 30 seconds without your hand grip failing? How far could you walk if you were carrying…

The End of Coronavirus

Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 7, 2020 And now for your government-mandated positivity for the week of Tuesday, July 7th: this pandemic, like most pandemics, will end. Odds are good we wouldn’t be here otherwise. Generally speaking, once…

Fitting Into Your Genes Part I

Published in the Humboldt Independent on June 30, 2020 While we’ve seen some creative spelling variations on protest placards in the news lately, what you are about to read is not about that quarantine spare tire that may be accruing…

Catching Waves

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 looming possibility that our coronavirus pandemic…

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…