Dr. John Campbell, every day about the pandemic

For more than a year, Dr. Campbell has been providing near-daily updates about the pandemic and the medical science behind it. Combining a folksy wisdom with deep expertise and a long career in medical education, Dr. Campbell has amassed an audience now approaching one million viewers.

He was an early champion of the efficacy of Vitamin D as a public-health measure to reduce illness and death from SARS-CoV-2, and he follows the issue closely as more evidence becomes available. He is careful to say that he cannot prescribe for you, but he’s also forthright about sharing his own dosage (now up to 4,000 I.U. per day).

For me, Dr. Campbell’s comforting and knowledgeable voice will always be the soundtrack of these times.

» Dr. Campbell’s YouTube Channel

No moon shot for the pandemic

It is inconceivable that it has taken this long for common sense to become public policy. Of course we should be wearing masks! We’ve been doing it since the 13th century (says the article).

I have been bitterly disappointed at the U.S. response to the pandemic. When I first heard about the virus, I thought: “Ok, that’s bad, but we can handle it! We have the greatest scientists and the best technology in the world. This is the United States of America! We went to the moon! WE CAN DO THIS!”

Little did I understand the power of thuggish stupidity. The very notion that testing and research can be undermined by base political motives is gravely offensive to me. I suppose I was naive; it’s probably always like that. But in this case the narcissism required to ignore science – and not just ignore it, but sabotage it – is on a scale that beggars my ability to conceive.

So now we’ve come round to the right track. Great! But it’s too late to salvage the missed opportunity for an heroic response. Yes, we are working to save millions of lives, and we will. But we are inspiring no one. We’re just cleaning up the debris of a catastrophe that should have been avoided in the first place.

Andrew Constantino: At home with the pandemic, in a homeless village. (Audio)

As the site manager for the Georgetown Tiny-House Village in Seattle, Andrew Constantino is responsible for the welfare of 65 homeless people – a tough job in normal times. Now, the pandemic has shut down many of the services that homeless people rely on for their survival.

Visitors are not allowed into the village, for fear that they will bring the COVID disease into a population of vulnerable people. Housing placements have stopped. Villagers who had jobs have been laid off. People who were building momentum in their lives have had the rug pulled out from under them.

Georgetown Tiny-House Village

Andrew is not discouraged. The agency that manages the village – the Low Income Housing Institute, or LIHI – is stepping up to the challenge, he says:  “I’m encouraged that people at the villages are not forgotten about. There is actual attention and concern for their wellbeing.” The surrounding neighborhood is overwhelmingly encouraging, as well, bringing food, propane for cooking, and other resources.

Andrew thinks the pandemic has a lesson for everyone in society:

“You’re only going to be as protected as the people who are most vulnerable. If you just allow something like a pandemic to fester and to run through the poorest members of society, eventually the tide will rise and reach you, too. We should look at a lot of social issues the same way: It affects us all!”

You can hear my previous interview with Andrew – “How To Live in the Rubble of Empire”here.

Peter Wicks: Love in wartime. (Audio)

Peter Wicks knows grief. He lost his beloved wife to cancer, which upended his world. Then, he discovered Deep Adaptation, where people come together to grieve the loss of the future we thought we had.

Now, in the face of global cataclysm, Peter contemplates how grief leads to compassion. In this interview, Peter combines a sharp intellect, deep feelings, and a philosophical outlook to map a course toward love and compassion, even in the face of unimaginable loss.

Peter worked on environmental policy for the European Union for 16 years. He serves as a moderator for the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group.