Science Corner

COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy

Ever since COVID-19 swept across the planet earlier this year, the race has been on to develop a vaccine. Now there are two vaccines that are just about ready to go, but there seems to be quite a bit of reluctance when it comes to the prospect of actually getting it. So let's talk about… Continue reading COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy

Science Corner

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)

Spanish influenza epidemic poster from 1918
Science Corner

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
Science Corner

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

Thunderstorm with lightning
MH@H Mental Health

It’s Not Fair Who Dies (and Who Doesn’t) from COVID

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 It’s Not Fair Who Dies (and Who Doesn’t) from COVID

Pandemic life as a pre-existing hermit - graphic of a cave, fire, and hermit crab
MH@H Mental Health

Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

and hermit crab 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… Continue reading Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Herd Behaviour (and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is herd behaviour. Are we people or sheeple? Turns out we're actually a lot more sheeplish than we might like to think that we are, and herd behaviour is exhibited across a range of different contexts. Kameda and… Continue reading What Is… Herd Behaviour (and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage)