Category: Mind

May 22, 2020 – Absolute Rights During a Pandemic

We’re about two months in to the restrictions put in place in response to the pandemic. People have been pretty much been told to stay home. If you have to go out then wear a mask. Businesses have closed down. School years have ended early. Sports seasons have been disrupted and delayed. The arguments have started for opening things back up. Some feel that the economic pain is worse than the potential of spreading COVID-19. They point to indicators that say we’re going into recession. Remember 2008? This will be worse. It already is. Some argue that we should let people get infected and build “herd immunity.” They point to Sweden as the poster child for this approach. But Sweden’s own state epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell is on the record as saying their approach won’t work everywhere and they’re counting on the people who are at greatest risk (older folks

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"...the plural of anecdote is not data." --Stefan Richter

May 7, 2020 – The Plural of Anecdote…

The thought for today comes from Stefan Richter and was found on Facebook. It was part of a lengthy take down of an anti-vax COVID-19 conspiracy theory video that was making the rounds in social media. Our governmental health agencies have let us down by not clearly communicating the risks and our best responses to the pandemic. As a result they’ve left room for conspiracy theorists to push their own agendas, political and otherwise. Health is supposed to be something we can all aspire to. If not, then what are all those platitudes about “if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything” about? Apparently, some people see other people as expendable. Have a chronic illness? A disability? Are you old? Well, then… It’s not too big a leap to land on are you poor? Uneducated? Brown skinned? From somewhere else? Apparently, some people don’t see others as equal

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April 29, 2020 – A Glimmer of Hope

A bit of hope this morning. Dr. Fauci shared study results for remdesivir as a possible treatment for COVID-19. “The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery,” said the institute’s director, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Although the data is limited, he went on to say the study provides a proof of concept. We can treat this virus. While it’s not a cure, it is a potential treatment.

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Please, stop comparing the death rates between sicknesses. This is not a contest.

March 10, 2020 – No Comparisons

Please, stop comparing the death rates between sicknesses. This is not a contest. What’s needed is for people to change their daily habits in the small ways that can slow/stop the spread of coronavirus: hand washing and social distancing, in particular. People’s health is in danger of being compromised and the most vulnerable among us are in danger of dying. For the common good, please take these actions. You may be healthy and strong, but someone you come in contact with may not be. We do not have a good understanding of how virulent coronavirus is, so we cannot say the infection spreads only to the next 5 or 10 or 100 people in the chain of contact We need to assume that exposure continues down the chain and respond accordingly.

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