Where to get information about COVID-19 during a pandemic of misinformation

During the unusual times of the Coronavirus pandemic, information can be life-saving. And it can be very anxiety-provoking. There's also a lot of misinformation out there. It can be so confusing to hear different news sources say seemingly contradictory things. Then there are the conspiracy theorists, arm-chair epidemiologists and self-appointed pundits willing to tell us …

Utah is NOT going back to normal May 1st. Here’s why.

Let's talk about where we are right now in our fight against COVID-19 in Utah. Despite some high profile protests by a vocal minority, most of the state's residents have been practicing social distancing and following the Stay Home, Stay Safe directive for the last approximately 6 weeks now. Even though it has been hard, …

Coronavirus is not the flu

(Updated 5/13/2020 to reflect increasing COVID-19 numbers) Locker room pep-talk time. I’m starting to see and hear more of the “COVID-19 is no worse than the flu” statements again recently. I almost wrote a post about this two weeks ago but actually decided against it because I thought it was old hat. But now that …

Helping kids cope with the COVID-19 pandemic

Fortunately, so far the COVID-19 virus is generally not hitting kids very hard, with adults getting infected, hospitalized and dying at far higher numbers. In Utah to date about 43 children or adolescent have tested positive, ~3% of the total number of state-wide cases. Yet everything related to this pandemic can affect kids emotionally and physically.

Fall time, Flu shots, and Fallacies

Fall time: kids are going back to school, many of them new drivers getting out on the road for their first high school commutes. And we're stocking up on flu shots to get us all through the winter as healthy as we can. When we humans make decisions, sometimes we use the rational, logical parts …

“Brain Hacking” Part 3: Training Kids To Use Devices Healthfully

Technology can be our master or our tool. I think of electronic devices in our kids hands like a drug: good when used at the right doses, for the right purpose and in the right time and context, but also a dangerous poison. Education and training are required to discern what makes the difference. In …