I Was Vaccine Hesitant
In thinking back on my personal vaccine story, and the journey of wading through this pandemic, I realized that where I stood on getting the vaccine stems from our politics seeping into everyday discourse. In no way should public health be political. Moreover, in no way should science be political.
Anti-Science Herd Immunity Questions
This is not a discussion of whether one should, or should not receive a vaccination. I am simply questioning the motivations of those who tell us to follow the science, only to turn their backs to evidence that is so clearly relevant.
mRNA Vaccines: New and Unknown
The main difference between biology and pharmaceutical intervention is where the mRNA code comes from. Throughout humanity, mRNA has come directly from our own DNA. The mRNA vaccines circumvent the use of DNA, as pharmaceutical companies are the ones who write the genetic code in the mRNA.
Considering Compassion for Homelessness
To have compassion means to empathize with someone who is suffering, but the caveat of compassion is to feel compelled to reduce the suffering. Allowing people to suffer at this scale, while promoting a harm reduction strategy that is continually falling short is by no means compassionate.
The Morality of Public Health and its Consequences
May 24, 2020
Written by: Jenna McHugh
The lack of political and in turn, moral diversity, in the public health sector is perpetuating a narrative of this pandemic preventing nations from making headway on economic fallouts and reversing lockdown measures.
What Does Public Health Stand For?
July 12, 2020
Written by: Jenna McHugh
What I mean is, instead of using evidence informed decision making to propel methodologies to promote population-based health outcomes, group identity, oppression, and intersectionality have become the mainstream explanations for health disparities in a population.
Physical Distance Dilemmas
I am starting to appreciate the stirrings of a more controlled approach to physical distancing, with isolation for some and well-mannered, diligent hygiene habits for others.
Food Safety in Culture
What China and other countries do is on a global stage. There are implications for the 7.5 billion people on the planet when public health food safety is disregarded.
Sameness as a Pandemic Perk
The responses of these leaders working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been exemplary, but there may be more to the story. Effective leadership may be easier to achieve when the population is culturally homogenous.
We are at a point in the pandemic where we can appropriately assume that many of us are going to be infected with the virus. We are already feeling the impacts.
Global Solutions for Global Problems
If a patient needed assistance breathing, one would have a breathing tube hooked up to a football shaped bag that your family members would take turns compressing in succession, in an organized and timed fashion to inflate your lungs.
Policing the Pandemic
It became clear yesterday that there can be serious ramifications to these guidelines evoked by governments and the seriousness for those who are decidedly not following the rules.