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.

Brain Hacking, Part 2: Could Violent Video Games Really Make Your Kid More Aggressive?

Isn't it interesting how we decry violence starting when our kids are very young, and bristle at the thought of our children hurting other children, or being hurt by others, yet at the same time, we accept and even celebrate violence in our entertainment? Is it ironic that kids and parents alike find it entertaining …

Brain Hacking, Part 1: How Your Kid’s Phone Could Be Hacking Their Brain

If you haven't heard the buzz about screen-time lately, you may have been hiding under a rock, or maybe behind a screen. Recent studies and compelling reports have been implicating excessive screen time in poor mental and physical health. Collin Kartchner has been crusading throughout Utah against smartphones and social media with his #savethekids Parent …