What’s more, they’re looking to eradicate infectious diseases entirely

“Unless we’re screened for coronaviruses and then shot out into space, leaving all other animals and nature behind, we’re going to have coronaviruses.” So says Benjamin Neuman, PhD, chief virologist at Texas A&M’s Global Health Research Complex. Neuman is no stranger to coronaviruses — he has been working with them for decades. His expertise even landed him a spot on the international committee that named SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. SARS-CoV-2 is the most recent member of the coronavirus family, which also includes the viruses that caused the SARS and MERS outbreaks.

The world’s changing climate and growing population…


Memories of the past have them worried about our future

Karen Barone’s mother Pam lives in the apartment next door. “When Covid hit I’d go get her groceries or whatever she needed and then I’d wipe them down,” says Karen. “I’d leave everything outside and wave from the steps. I’d never go in.”

One day Karen found her mom in tears.

“She said to me ‘I can’t be isolated again. I would rather die of Covid than this.’ That’s where I saw the strong connection between my mom’s Covid experience and her polio experience.”

When Pam Barone was six years old, she told her parents she wasn’t feeling well. She…


Holiday quarantine got you ready to light something on fire? Put down that blowtorch and listen up: You can get through this. The world needs you to keep your shit together. Alone.

Facetime

with that relative none of your family members like. This will remind you that not all human interaction is a good thing, and will give you something to throw in other family members’ faces once we’re all vaccinated. “I called Aunt Janet during a PANDEMIC mom. The least you could do is wish her a happy birthday for me” — is something you’ll be able to say.

Install locks. Lots of locks.

Sound…


You slip under the covers, turn off the lights, and queue up your bedtime playlist: rolling waves, distant thunder, the rustling leaves of a nearby tree. Your body slowly becomes one with your mattress and the day begins to fade away as you succumb to peaceful slumber.

A blood-curdling scream.

And now your sleep cycle is all outta whack.

As you search for your ear plugs, your mind returns to today’s near miss with a zombie, and how your partner watched the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off without you. What a dick.

It doesn’t have to be…


When Americans first learned about the novel coronavirus, there was a widespread belief that only elderly people and people with underlying health conditions were at risk, and so many of us continued about our lives as usual, reaffirming this country’s ageist and ableist attitude toward disease. But then, seemingly overnight, the gravity of the situation set in; young, healthy adults were being rushed to hospitals and put on ventilators that were dwindling in supply; people were losing loved ones left and right.

My grandmother passed away from COVID-19 in May, surrounded by healthcare workers in head-to-toe protective equipment. Her death…

Sam Jones, PhD

Biomedical scientist turned science writer, editor & producer. Based in DC. sjoneswriting.com

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