Every Storm Runs Out of Rain: Emerging from Virus Lockdowns and Vulnerable Populations

Multiple children under umbrellas.
Multiple children under umbrellas.

How are we going to end the COVID-19 virus lockdowns? …


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I have been thinking a lot about the coronavirus lately, especially because I’m the mom of a chronically ill kid. Because of my child’s complex medical needs, she gets sicker faster and harder than the average kid, often times ending up in the hospital for common illnesses like the flu or a stomach bug. In 2019, she was at the hospital three times, and admitted for a total of five days.

So as you can imagine, the coronavirus was a bit terrifying. Seeing hospital workers on television in full hazmat suits and masks, watching sanitation workers spraying down marketplaces and basketball courts with some kind of disinfectant, well, it made me feel like I was watching some sort of end-of-the-world-movie that I try to stay away from in the theaters. …


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Dear Anti-Vaxxers,

I know that you have made a decision to not vaccinate your child, based upon information that you feel is valid and important. I’m sure that you agonized over your decision, weighing the pros and cons. I know that you are looking out for the best interest of your child and your family. Perhaps you think it is the natural way to approach parenting. I have a different view, however, and I’d like to share it with you.

I am the mother of a chronically ill child. Twelve years ago she contracted an e-coli infection, which turned into a syndrome that blocked the small blood vessels of her body, depriving them of oxygen, and killing off parts of her organs. It’s called Hemolytic Uremic Syndromes, and it’s one of the reasons that meat and vegetables are recalled when it’s discovered that they have e-coli. …

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