It feels time to unload some of the oddments I've collected from COVID journalism. This thing is a mystery.
Scientists trying to suss the coronavirus out are often reduced to admitting they can't identify patterns, though they can document different impacts.
What is documented in San Francisco is that the disease is tearing through Latinx and Black communities and disproportionately killing infected people of various Asian origins, while not being nearly so deadly to white residents.
When our medical system tries to understand the discrepancies, further conundrums arise. The focus of study must look away from individuals to social forces, according to Statnews.
Arundhati Roy charges that the behavior of her Hindu nationalist government has been genocidal.
Meanwhile, in its own casually imperial way, the U.S. government has been contributing to global confusion and likely unnecessary deaths.
After this expose was published, the funding was cancelled. Thank you, alert reporters!
Then there's the mask debate. Scientific American calls out machismo run amuck.
Yes, they call out Trump. After all, they speak science.
Our church is not the only one struggling with how we should go forward in this time. An epidemiologist who has studied airborne transmission of the virus and serves on his church's safety committee urges caution. Scholars of religion are, as is their wont, collecting data on what religious institutions are actually doing in the time of the pandemic. John Turner reports:
He's looking for further contributions for this study which can be uploaded at Pandemic Religion.
Meanwhile, our little church community decided for the moment that we're all in this together, even if we're distancing. We don't want to create risk by "opening" while the danger of infection continues, nor to divide ourselves by various partial expedients. Instead, we want to see if we can equip our people who might need cell phones so they can join us via Zoom. Solidarity trumps the desire to be in the same space, at least for now, and for the foreseeable future.