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Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

While COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, and there's still much to be learned about the virus and the illness, coming up with a vaccine doesn't mean totally reinventing the wheel.  How vaccines work is based on knowledge about how the immune system works, and the immune system doesn't abruptly change just because a… Continue reading How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

In the age of COVID-19, everyone keeps talking about flattening or bending the curve.  But what the heck kind of curve are they talking about? Epidemiology looks at the patterns of diseases across populations.  This is a fundamental part of public health.  Epidemiological curves, also known as epidemic curves or epi curves, are used to… Continue reading What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

Spanish influenza epidemic poster from 1918
Health & health care

Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

Alberta Board of Health/Public Domain It was 102 years ago that the last major global pandemic happened, known as Spanish influenza, and in many ways, COVID-19 pales in comparison. The Spanish influenza pandemic that began in 1918 didn't actually originate in Spain; that's just where it was first publicly reported.  Its origins are unclear, although… Continue reading Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic

Tips on how to spot fake news
Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Separating Reality from Fake Health News

HoIFLA, Wikimedia Commons During this global pandemic, there's a lot of wild and wacky news out there in the world.  This infographic from the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions gives some handy tips for separating the facts from the crap.  In this post, I'll go through those tips with respect to spotting fake… Continue reading Separating Reality from Fake Health News

Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Lara of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lara (She Writes, She Says)

Health & health care

Slowing COVID-19: To Mask or Not to Mask

Note: As the body of knowledge regarding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, please refer to the World Health Organization or your local public health agencies for the most up-to-date information.   Why is everybody talking about non-medical masks in the last few days?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US released studies… Continue reading Slowing COVID-19: To Mask or Not to Mask

Thunderstorm with lightning
Mental health

Life Isn’t (and Never Was) Fair

Image by Johannes Plenio from Pixabay I got thinking about this a little while ago when I was commenting on a post by B of Convolute Me.  I had mentioned that those of us who are okay with dying are unlikely to be the ones actually taken down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life isn't fair that way. While… Continue reading Life Isn’t (and Never Was) Fair

Mental health

Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and do anything.  So… Continue reading Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Coronavirus COVID-19
Health & health care

What the Experts Have to Say About COVID-19

Note: This post has not been updated since March and thus some of the information contained here may not reflect the current state of knowledge.  Please refer to the World Health Organization or your local public health agencies for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. With far too many people ignoring public health advice around… Continue reading What the Experts Have to Say About COVID-19

Blogging, Blogging community, Mental health

Pandemic Blogging

It's remarkable how a couple of weeks can change everything. I regularly watch the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and that's the marker I use in my head to think back to when things got serious.  Two weeks ago they announced that, starting the next week (aka the week just past), all the major late… Continue reading Pandemic Blogging