Putting the new Coronavirus and 36,560 other deaths in perspective

isolate from first case of COVID-19
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Is there anything you can do to protect yourself against a newly discovered virus making headlines around the world? Yes. There’s also something we need to admit about the biggest culprit related to this virus technically known as COVID-19, and to 36,560 deaths from another cause. Continue reading “Putting the new Coronavirus and 36,560 other deaths in perspective”

During ‘most wonderful time of the year’, think ‘gig-giene’

Christmas and the winter holidays are, for many of us, definitely the “most wonderful time of the year” as the popular tune says. It’s also a time when people travel and welcome travelers to celebrate. It’s also the time of year when you might be gifted with something you definitely don’t want, like a virus.

I travel with the band, and I’m always reminding everyone about taking steps to avoid getting those nasty bugs looking for new hosts. It’s also a wonderful time for those bugs, and it’s a good idea to think ‘gig-giene’ or hygiene in general.  Continue reading “During ‘most wonderful time of the year’, think ‘gig-giene’”

The show must go on—unless you’re too sick

Every performer deals with it at some point. Things are bopping right along, going great, and then it hits. Someone gifts you with something you definitely don’t want—a virus. But you keep going because you have to. You may think to yourself it’s just a bug, and after a few days you’ll toss it off because you’re young and healthy. Then comes the point when you realize, yes, the show must go on, but sometimes, you just can’t.  Continue reading “The show must go on—unless you’re too sick”