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Moderna’s New Covid-19 Vaccine – Should We Celebrate or Worry?

cov19originalA pivotal meeting in early March between vaccine developers and Donald Trump, “almost felt like an episode of ‘Shark Tank’” reported CNN in a May 1 investigation.

While various company heads told Trump development was way off, he perked up when Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel announced he needed just “a few months” to start phase two of a three-part clinical trial of vaccine development, which typically can take more than a decade. Read more of this post

Social Distancing – 6 Feet or 3 Feet? Depends If You Follow the CDC or the WHO

hat CaptureIn U.S. we have been told to keep a 6 foot social distancing barrier between anyone we come in contact with. This recommendation comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least one metre (3.2 feet). Read more of this post

Magical Thinking & Cloth Masks

faceul5z5v0vnnx63dhpopb“We’re seeing a lot of magical thinking, a lot of wishful thinking,” says Lisa Brosseau, retired professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Cloth masks offer no protection from COVID-19 she says. “Cloth masks are wishful thinking.” Read more of this post

Madagascar’s COVID-19 Herbal Remedy?

TOPSHOT-MADAGASCAR-HEALTH-VIRUSMadagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina is promoting an herbal remedy that he claims could prevent and cure the COVID-19. The remedy, Covid-Organics, “gives results in seven days,” Rajoelina, told journalists in April. Read more of this post

COVID-19 & the Problem of Groupthink

viruseven136077-1200x675Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Groupthink occurs when pressures to agree are so strong that they stifle critical thinking and common sense. Read more of this post

Climate Change Anxiety

Pre T trau Stress Disorder Mohrtoons cartoonVery interesting article in the latest Rolling Stone on climate change and its impact of young peoples’ mental health. It talks about pre-traumatic stress disorder. “Behind their signs and placards, their anger and frustration are clear. What is harder to see is their anxiety, the psychological burden of those “oh no!” thoughts that threaten to arise, the private moments of panic and fear felt by a generation that cannot remember a time before the planet’s future was imperiled. Read more of this post

The Thought Police & The Virus

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“Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. Sooner or later they were bound to get you. The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.” George Orwell “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Read more of this post

The Brave New World of Surveillance 5G Street Lights

maxresdefaultLast year the Signify company unveiled the perfect surveillance street light of future – a column bristling with high technology capabilities including Wi-Fi, 5G connectivity and Internet of Things sensors. A must for every budding dictator. Read more of this post

The Current Coronavirus Disease May Be a Once-in-a-Century Evidence Fiasco

doors-anymore-its-time-to-tell-you-about-the-year-2020Prof. John Ioannidis of the Stanford University School of Medicine, is professor of medicine and epidemiology and population health. On March 17 in STAT he posed some very intriguing points about the virus that seems to have crippled the world. Here’s an extract: Read more of this post

Coronavirus Update 2/28/2020

corimg_0854“Our major vulnerability is not Iran. It’s the United States,” Canadian epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman, at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The U.S. has experienced problems with its testing kits, meaning very few people have been tested for the virus there, in comparison with other countries. Read more of this post