Abstract

While some countries, nations, and peoples have fared quite well against the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in their area, others have been much harder hit. The disparity between hospitalizations and fatalities highlights a lack of information sharing and knowledge about the most efficacious way to treat the disease. Also, for many, the economic consequences of lockdowns are dire and applying our best information to smart reopenings that do not cause renewed severe outbreaks is central to good public and economic health. This paper intends to share some recent discoveries about the prevention and minimization of the COVID-19 disease, treatment and…


PAYING ATTENTION TO SMALL THINGS

Somewhere in the vast darkness known as the great silence was a most remarkable thing. Although they were quite an arduous, wasteful, and inefficient lot, there was a conglomeration of atoms contemplating other atoms.

At one particularly trying point in space-time and having filled the bath with steaming water, I found myself testing it with a big toe. A bit on the hot side, but it was in the tolerable threshold. I took great care to ease my battered body in, noticing the blacks, purples, and blues of my bottom and left hip creeping into dark yellows up and down…


As we look back upon the year and all of the surprises it brought to us, it is interesting to remember all of the twists and turns I documented as I flip back through a diary that is in the range of 800 pages and 280,000 words long, covers six continents around the world and includes the stories of more than a dozen bloggers and friends that helped me tell the story of a world that discovered a virus, shut down to protect against a pandemic, and developed not one but several vaccines, ready to protect the at-risk populations and…


By MC ZULU CHICAGO, USA

2020 closes out as a shameful reminder that the American public has the collective intelligence of a 6 year old. As much as we’d like to relegate the Coronavirus to being this year’s cultural blemish, it seems permanent damage has been done. COVID related deaths are not reserved exclusively for human beings.

“Death by Corona” reaches further into the cultural lexicon, claiming “Mom & Pop” shops, department store chains and entire industries. The political blame game was deafening. It toppled a presidency, leaving the country divided right down the middle. Human behavior followed in its…


As Alberta becomes the epicenter of COVID-19 in Canada, a scientist, writer, photographer, and mother reflects on how it got this way.

Guest editorial by: Rebecca Lippiatt, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Cassandra should be the patron saint of Alberta’s health professionals. While she wasn’t a goddess or a saint, her mythology befits how public health experts are treated in Alberta. Apollo spit into her mouth to curse her with the ability to see the future and to have no one believe her. She predicted the fall of Troy and was disdained. Desperate, she delivered the news that the Greeks were hiding…


Day 325: Shakespeare gets vaccinated, while corruption and incompetence darken the horizon, but stars are shining light to guide us through the dark winter night.

Day 325. What can I say that I haven’t said already before? While record numbers of vulnerable people are dying in highly developed countries, developing countries are using repurposed and safe medicines to fare much better. The level of obtuseness and fascination with the new shiny vaccine when masks, Vitamin D, and basic NPIs would be very effective shows a callousness and lack of empathy that hurts my heart. Everyone is an expert now, so…


Day 317 of lockdown: Thanksgiving creates a wave within a wave in the USA, vaccines are approved and the pandemic grinds on.

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December 4 — Gobble Gobble

Day 317. When I first saw him, I thought of a vampire lord, idly formal in a pressed shirt and tie, somehow in command despite no physical imposition or rugged jawline. The quiet leader of a secret coven, somehow both unassuming yet deeply menacing. That thought sticks to me in this difficult time. I wish I could say more but my hands are tied. For now.

Given a way out…


When Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old woman, fell to her death from her balcony while six police officers entered her apartment during a domestic disturbance call, no one asked her opinion on gravity. Questions swirled around how the Toronto, Canada woman fell, or was pushed, off her balcony and why police don’t have more training in social work and de-escalating situations, but the issue of a 6th-floor tumble being fatal was accepted as undebatable. We can discuss defunding the police and reallocating resources to the communities, Black Lives Matter as a movement, and systemic social change, but there’s little point in…


Day 299. Finally, a weekend worth remembering — however bittersweet the cause. Shaolin’s Salsa5 club is closed, the only international world-class Salsa club in our city, and our good friend and fantastic dance teacher Luis Castro from Cuba packed up his apartment. We got to see him Friday, Saturday and Sunday, even went out for some fun — safely brought to you by an organized and effective COVID-19 pandemic strategy unheard of in most of the world. But it’s worth sharing how it could be because a good example has occasionally been shown to inspire our better angels.

Our story…


Day 292 of lockdown: As America says goodbye to off-brand Baron Harkonnen and hello to Old Cap, the world breathes a sigh of relief, and perhaps, looks forward to tomorrow for the first time in a long time. Meanwhile, a new mutation of COVID is slipping under the radar, and possibly, across Europe.

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“Abash’d the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is,” John Milton begins in Paradise Lost. However, you might recognize it more recently by T-Bird’s final words in Brandon Lee’s cult classic film, The Crow. I’ve been hearing this voice echoing in my head a lot…

Jorah Kai

Writer, Teacher, Rebel, Outlaw, FalfafelSir & Hummusmancer. @therealjorahkai #GreenNewDeal Welcome to the bazaar of the bizarre. http://theinvisiblewar.co

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