Science

“The Science of Covid-19 ”

scientist looking through a microscope
scientist looking through a microscope
Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

Appeals from politicians that they are just ‘Following the science’ have always rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like it might be helpful to you if I explain why. Science is a tool for us to use, not a leader for us to follow. It is meant to be a method of inquiry, not a pre-approved set of conclusions. I bristle when I hear that ‘the science is settled’ — it’s never settled, exactly. It is always in flux. It is far from settled for climate change, evolution, gender studies, and certainly for Covid-19.

“Science is not about building…


The politics of Covid-19 affect on our youth

2 cells phones kissing
2 cells phones kissing
Not quite the same as in person! (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

For various reasons, it is next to impossible to scientifically determine the efficacy of a nation-wide policy of mask wearing. And even less so, to categorically determine any possible negative psychological consequences to wearing a mask. However, here are some observations about the psychology of this and other common Covid policies.

Many people are concerned about the number of deaths that could possibly be caused by the Covid-19 virus. That is a concern, particularly for the elderly with a pre-existing condition, to be sure.

For the rest of us, I am concerned…


How to understand the messaging of Covid-19

Stack of newspapers
Stack of newspapers
However we get our media, we have to read between the lines (Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay)

We all heard that Donald Trump had his Twitter account removed in Jan, but so did thousands of average citizens supporting him. The Parler social network platform, similar to Gab 2 years earlier, also had their business closed down in Jan 2021. Parler is a refuge for about 20 million subscribers, many trying to get away from those who would censor right wing political views. The Tech Giants who were their ISP, hosting service, App stores, etc. all denied them service on the same day.

Why, when the Critical Media Literacy Conference of…


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PCR and the science of the fatality rates of Covid-19

laboratory equipment
laboratory equipment
Technology has sped up sample analysis incredibly (Autosampler on Unsplash)

The last blog defined what we mean by infection fatality rate and its importance in determining the seriousness of a disease. Last time, I said I would not get into too many details. For those of you who love numbers and are looking for more details of the science, this blog is for you!

The infection fatality rate is simply the number of deaths it has caused, divided by the number of people who have been infected. First, RT-PCR tests are being used to determine how many people were infected. We’ll look at some of the difficulties in the use…


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The science behind the fatality rate of Covid-19

Surgeon in Operating Room
Surgeon in Operating Room
Where the clinical world and the research world collide. (Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay)

My Mom had a different idea about house cleaning than my wife did. It all depends on what your goals are. That will determine what is close enough. You also want to stay far away from the degree that will start to cause other problems. The goal would be something like: Get the kids to the park. Along the way, we expect their immune systems to kick in when they need to. We both worked in hospitals when we met, so we know what clean looks like. That doesn’t mean that we thought our house should have the same standards…


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Do No Harm in the politics of Covid-19

World map with Covid mask superimposed
World map with Covid mask superimposed
Covid-19 has struck everywhere around the globe (Image by Svetlozar Hristov from Pixabay)

In recent years, thought influencers have been promoting the concept that nation states are a bad idea, and the cause of all kinds of evil, and maybe it would be better if we could just get rid of borders, and allow any immigrants for any reason to go anywhere, and communities will just have to accommodate them. Countries are archaic, useless, and borders are an impediment to free trade and global economic progress. It sounds like a nice idea, sort of like John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, but is fraught with hazards for any country trying to actually appease this sentiment.

Anyway…


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Principle of Effectiveness in the Politics of Covid-19

Restaurant under Covid lockdown
Restaurant under Covid lockdown
A lot of places are looking like this these days. Has it been worth it? (Image by Queven from Pixabay)

Last spring, we heard a lot about ‘flattening the curve.’ It was just assumed that it would be a good thing to ensure that we avoided overwhelming the healthcare system. We may not have really understood all of the implications of that. ‘Flattening the curve’ never meant that fewer people would die of the virus. A flattened curve (ie, it turns a high narrow curve into a low broad curve) still has the same area under the curve, ie the same total number of fatalities, but spread over a longer time period — like 3 years, instead of 3 months.


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Politics in the Science of Covid-19

Medieval castle with tower
Medieval castle with tower
Towers were at one time really needed for protection. Photo by Oliver Lechner from Pexels

Science is under attack. In my last blog, we reviewed the scientific method and its limitations and what it can do. Now, let’s look at the value of other realms of society, and how they impact this scientific method and community. Governments decide by voting in committee and protests in the streets, and polling of their district constituents. But that’s not how science works.

What Science CAN and CAN’T do

Science is meant to be a method of inquiry; it is always in evolution. You come up with a hypothesis, usually based on some other research observation, asking, ‘What would happen if …?’ According to scientific…


gossiping or helping

bible story sketch of Good Samaritan
bible story sketch of Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan story (Image by CCXpistiavos from Pixabay)

Ever have somebody tell you, “I was just thinking of you!” when you called them? Well what just happened there?

Maybe you have enough faith to believe in coincidences, but I don’t. Nothing in the physical world can explain it. It certainly seems as though a spiritual connection of some sort was prompting each of you. Ultimately, who cares how you explain it? Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when that happens? And it only takes one of you to respond to that prompting to make that communication complete. So what are you going to do about it?

Include people in your thought bubble

If a name…


Live as if Every Day is Christmas

Christmas tree and fireplace
Christmas tree and fireplace
Warmth of the fire and the Christmas Spirit (Photo by Ekaterina Kasimova on Unsplash)

Maybe you felt a spark of the Christmas spirit this past week. For many people, this year may have been a little dimmer than usual. If so, I want to encourage you to fan the flames to keep it going throughout 2021. I firmly believe that we are meant to keep the Christmas spirit 365 days of the year. Yes, you can!

I think a more common word for Christmas spirit is love. Not a romantic love, but just a love of all that is around us. “All” means even that family member…

Alan Graham

With an education in neuroscience, psychology and theology and a career as a tech writer, I am now exploring how social issues and politics are affecting us.

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