The past is never past. As I wrote two months ago, the bungled political response to Covid-19 eerily paralleled the first American responses to AIDS https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-rest/202005/aids-and-covid-19-weve-been-here. The present parallels between Covid-19 and AIDS continue to increase: Both diseases are nasty and lethal in unexpected ways With AIDS, originally GRIDS (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome), many of the […]
Covid-19 – A Badge of Honor?
Recently, President Donald Trump declared having achieved more Covid-19 tests and cases than any other country provides America “a badge of honor (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52733220). ” If 100,000 deaths (it’s actually more – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-rest/202004/brief-note-coronavirus-deaths) is a “badge of honor,” will 200,00 or 300,000 deaths mark a “return to greatness?” Sadly, the statement demonstrates an administration conceptually incapable to […]
Coronavirus Public Health Blog 5.14.20 Covid-19 and the Pleasures of Denial
Catastrophe provokes varied responses. Particularly if the catastrophe is truly unexpected, like the arrival of interstellar aliens on the White House lawn. One of the more common responses to disaster is the psychological defense of denial – the problem doesn’t exist. Covid-19 demonstrates that denial is more than protean, it can provide (for some) […]
Coronavirus Public Health Blog 4.3.20 – Measuring Mortality
Death focuses the mind. It also brings forth propaganda. Consider the death case rate for Covid-19. It has became a matter of comparison, even competition, between governments, letting some crow they’ve done a better job. South Korea certainly has. It’s widespread testing and nationally coordinated response engaging high use of integrated data makes their numbers […]