On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

We all know that there is nothing more frustrating than decisions about an expert field being made by non-experts. We see it all the time: business managers making decisions about numbers of ICU beds in hospitals; politicians making statements about immunology and disease control; rooms of men making decisions about women's reproductive choices. Now it's … Continue reading On returning to school… (another pandemic post)

Quiet

I can hear the birds. From my apartment window, surrounded by buildings with sirens and engines and yelling that normally echo up the alleyways, bouncing off of every window and wall, I can hear the birds. They sing, squawk, chatter all day long, calling to each other across the tin roofs, as if overwhelmed with … Continue reading Quiet

I had a temperature today…

I had a temperature today. With the flush of my cheeks I felt a wave of panic and nausea. I wiped the sweat from my upper lip and breathed hard to make sure I didn't cough. No cough came. And yet. I had a temperature today. As I felt the heat from my body rise … Continue reading I had a temperature today…

#stayhome

It's strange. This in between world that we exist in right now. Half the world believes they are invincible and the other half hides in fear of the invincible knocking on their door. You see, it doesn't matter if you are invincible. The majority of people are not. In fact, the majority of the holders … Continue reading #stayhome

On staying sane while social distancing…

https://youtu.be/Oeuy_1M1rzg They call it 'social distancing' and many say it is our best bet for flattening the curve and slowing the rate of infection of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The preventative measures of washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and self-isolating if sick all make perfect sense and are backed by scientific research which … Continue reading On staying sane while social distancing…

On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On confusing control with love…

When the rapper T.I. publicly stated this week that he takes his teenage daughter to the gynaecologist to check if her 'hymen is still intact', the world let out a collective "Uh, what???". The backlash was well-deserved as people took to social media to condemn the father's actions. In a series of tweets denouncing T.I.'s … Continue reading On confusing control with love…