Tag: Pandemic

Your Obsession with Data

People are hungry for more and more data about the pandemic. It’s not that they are trained on how to use it. It’s just that they want to have some sort of control over the situation. They need just a little more faith in the professionals.

The White House Knew

There were plenty of warnings that the Federal Executive was not willing to be prepared for the pandemic. Lots of warnings were ignored. So here we are.

The Pandemics You Can Try to Stop

So we didn’t stop the pandemic this time. Can we stop it next time? Can we stop an epidemic of anything anymore? What about the non-communicable diseases? How about stopping those epidemics of obesity or opioid overdose? Can politics ever stop getting in the way? Am I asking too many questions?

The Big One?

This novel coronavirus pandemic is my third pandemic as a human being (after the HIV and the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemics). Is it the big one? Not really. At least I don’t think so.

Days of a pandemic

I found these pictures in one of my hard drives today. They’re from the very early days of the 2009 influenza pandemic. I was the influenza surveillance coordinator at the state health department at the time. I decided that I was going to document as much of those days as I could. I didn’t have a good camera or good phone with a good camera. But I managed to take these candid shots. Enjoy…

Not that I’m one to hold a grude

A few years ago, I used to write for Examiner.com. I wrote about public health and epidemiology, and I was paid one penny per click. That is, for each new and unique person that visited my page there, I got paid one whole cent. One whole cent! Anyway, I stopped writing for them because the leadership began to hire writers…