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Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Are the Covidiots Screwing Us All Over?

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?

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: RDB (An Experiment with Vulnerability)

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 RDB of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: RDB (An Experiment with Vulnerability)

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Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Why You Should Get the Flu Vaccine in 2020

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

book cover: Porn and the Pandemic by Joshua Shea
Book Reviews

Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

Porn and the Pandemic is written by Joshua Shea, a pornography addiction educator and advocate and an addict in recovery. It's part of a series of short books by publisher MSI Press covering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This book was written in less than 3 weeks in May 2020 to capture the impact… Continue reading Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Peter (Reflections of an Anxious Man)

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 Peter of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Peter (Reflections of an Anxious Man)

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Psychosocial

I Am Not Free to…

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…

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

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)

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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, Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

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