by Grant H. Brenner The COVID-19 pandemic is a prolonged, global disaster of epic proportions, unlike anything most people have experienced in their lifetimes. Tolerating Ambiguity and Isolation Unlike many disasters, which have a predictable course (see Phases of Disaster, below), pandemics don't fit a clear mold, with no clear end date, high levels of uncertainty about whether there will be ongoing waves of reinfection, unclear paths toward normality, limited data on infection and mortality rates, evolving information about infectious consequences, unclear risk of immunity, and a high level of impact on social relations from infection-control measures. The mental health impact of COVID-19 and the direct neuropsychiatric consequences of infection mean that understanding factors contributing to post-traumatic growth and resilience are especially important. Phases of Disaster Source: SAMSHA Many people are isolated, living alone for long periods of … [Read more...] about How To Use Social Media for Post-Traumatic Growth
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In 2021, proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required to enter countries including Australia, Canada, and the UK. If electronic apps are used, then alternatives must be available for people without access to such technology. Passports will not stop the pandemic, but the documents could contribute to curbing it. As COVID-19 and lockdowns take an increasingly devastating toll, vaccine rollouts continue around the world. To stay safe and to avoid a resurgence of the virus, different forms of “vaccine passports” or “vaccine certificates” are being mooted. Could attending shows be safer with vaccine or health passports or certificates? Source: Ilan Kelman The document could show vaccination, recovery from infection, or both. It would not be an “immunity passport,” because we do not know how long immunity lasts after vaccination or after surviving COVID-19. Even the tests for current or previous infection are far from perfect. So questions emerge. Which … [Read more...] about Can Vaccine Passports Stop the Pandemic?
How many times have you encountered a person who, at first impression , appears to be refreshingly honest, seemingly successful, liked by many, perhaps even charismatic ? The person’s lack of knowledge completely contradicts the resume; the commitments (or promises) fail the test of implementation and now summon you to question yourself or your memory . The job responsibilities someone clamored for or stepped over others to obtain now await another’s attention . And all the while, you become miserable and often wonder why. As Congress decides a second Impeachment, everyone should consider what goes in to granting free passes and risks thereafter. Source: Ken Kistler/Public Domain Pictures After the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol, plenty of citizens wonder how the country got to such a scary, unsettling place. Former President Donald Trump ? Elected officials in Congress? Lack of accountability? Or, magical thinking that bad circumstances will fade … [Read more...] about Stop Granting Free Passes to Difficult People