Image by Erika Varga from Pixabay COVID sucks. Restrictions suck. But does it have to be this bad? Sure, the virus is quite contagious, and can make people very sick, but would it be different if it weren't for the covidiots? I'm inclined to think that it would be. There will always be people who choose to break… Continue reading Are the Covidiots Screwing Us All Over?
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
The flu vaccine might seem insignificant with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, but it's actually more important now then ever. Does the flu vaccine offer protection against COVID? No. Vaccines are very specific. Flu vaccines are made to trigger an antibody response in the body to particular surface proteins on the influenza virus capsule. The… Continue reading Why You Should Get the Flu Vaccine in 2020
PublicDomainVectors The other day I saw an excellent article by Andy of Eden in Babylon on Entitlement and Patriotism. He contrasted the entitlement of people complaining that the pandemic lockdown violated their freedom as patriotic Americans with the self-sacrifice of people in uniform that serve their country and defend its values. In Canada, we may… Continue reading I Am Not Free to…
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 LaDonna of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)
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)
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?
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
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
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