Progress on a Vaccine, and Staying Informed During a Crisis

Please read this Los Angeles Times article (from the AP newswire) carefully, and thoroughly. A link appears at the end of this post. Most people don’t enjoy reading, or they don’t have the time. There can be a temptation to look at the bold print above a news story, or skim the first couple of paragraphs, and consider the job done. When you were in high school, your teachers probably got irritated with students who did that because the teachers had already read the material and knew how easily it could be misinterpreted by someone who was careless. The article … Continue reading Progress on a Vaccine, and Staying Informed During a Crisis

Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

(Disclaimer: I am not qualified to work in mental health or any other scientific field, and I am not a journalist. The statements in this blog post are based on observations prompted by news accounts.) Former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump, titled Rage, will be out on September 15. I don’t have an advance reader copy, so I won’t comment on the book itself. This blog post addresses information that Mr. Woodward made public this week, which prompted a public debate on his ethics as a journalist. Mr. Woodward has disclosed — way after the … Continue reading Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

Scrutinizing Your Hand Sanitizer

(Disclaimer: I am not an expert in public health or any other field of science.  This blog post is intended to share two links to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, warning consumers of toxic, ineffective or contaminated hand sanitizer.)  Many of us felt hopeful when the hand sanitizer shortage eased awhile back.  Although the Purell brand was still difficult to find, there were obscure brands that we were eager to buy and use, regardless of how unattractive some of them seemed.  The availability of these products lessened some people’s COVID-19 anxiety, but we were warned that our routines … Continue reading Scrutinizing Your Hand Sanitizer

Kelly Preston’s Lesser Known but Great Work

On Sunday, Kelly Preston passed away after a long illness. I should admit that I haven’t seen any of Ms. Preston’s movies, but one smaller piece of her work stays with me when no one else mentions it.  It may be the only thing I’ve seen her in, too. In the early 2000s, Maroon 5 released the hit record She Will Be Loved.  The lyrics concern a man’s interest in one girlfriend (although she might not really be his girlfriend), and apparently no one else is involved. At the end of this post, I’ll include a link to the official video … Continue reading Kelly Preston’s Lesser Known but Great Work

Wear a Mask

Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all persons (with some exceptions) in the state to wear masks.  I don’t know all of the details, but since I wear a mask every time I step outside of my apartment I figure I’m in compliance.  It always covers my nose and mouth. I live in San Francisco, and I went out for groceries today.  Approximately half of the people I saw either were wearing no masks or wearing them improperly. A mask marketed to the general public is intended to protect others.  Although the level of protection … Continue reading Wear a Mask

Careful With Public Shaming. That Means Don’t.

This morning, I saw a political post on Facebook that I was tempted to share. It was a photograph, allegedly taken in the past few days.  It showed a group of white people partying on a public sidewalk in Manhattan, mask-free and not observing COVID-19 social distancing rules.  The text in the post was credited to a man who identified himself as black, and he was pointing out that a crowd of white people didn’t have the same worries about being confronted by the police that he and his friends would have if they did the same thing. I really … Continue reading Careful With Public Shaming. That Means Don’t.

Social Distancing and Cell Phones

(Disclaimer:  I do not work in or have credentials for any field of healthcare or public health.  The views in this blog post are influenced by personal experience and advice I’ve received through the mainstream media.) During the past couple of months, I’ve made very few trips out of my apartment.  Even before people in San Francisco were told to stay at home, I was reacting to an agoraphobic relapse and concern about COVID-19. I feel fortunate.  Presumably, my recent circumstances gave me protection that some other people didn’t have.  If I was exposed to the virus at some point … Continue reading Social Distancing and Cell Phones