Tag: #viruses

The Parent Ren, Part VII: The Pathogens Strike Back

I remember being a child and having Strep throat in the summer a couple of times. It was miserable. It was so bad that I could not wait to go see the doctor and have my grandmother give me a shot of penicillin. (I spent most summers with my grandparents in the ancestral hometown in Mexico.) She would bundle me…

We Need to Pay Attention to What Is Going on in Puerto Rico

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Puerto Rico since I agreed to go down there to help in the Zika outbreak. According to most media reports, the situation in Puerto Rico is quite dire from a financial and demographic standpoint. Crime is high, yes, but it’s not any higher than Baltimore, where murder is an almost daily thing.…

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Six things you need to know about Zika right now

The Zika virus situation is this year’s Ebola. Like with Ebola, a lot of doom and gloom is floating around, and a lot of outright lies are being put forth by people who have no clue of what is going on. They are relying on fears and speculation to drive up visits to their websites or blogs because clicks pay…

From Crash Course History: “Disease!”

I will be the first one to agree that diseases have shaped history all along. This video talks about diseases in a historical context, from the bubonic plague to the smallpox epidemics that wiped out so many native colonies in the Americas when the Europeans arrived. It’s about 12 minutes long, and it’s quite entertaining and educative.

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For every season, there are viruses

Viruses are, to me, very intriguing little bugs. They’re not dead in that they reproduce and go from person-to-person (or animal-to-animal) and make copies of themselves. They’re not alive in that they don’t really have much of an internal system for consuming and using up energy. All they ask is that we let them into a cell and they’ll do…