Saturday, October 31, 2020

Mackay's Swiss Cheese Virus Defense

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People from all vocations are seeking ways to address the current COVID-19 Pandemic.  

Researchers are verifying that we benefit from adopting MULTIPLE MITIGATION LAYERS in order to reduce the spread of viruses. 

As a gerontologist, I am reading about the vulnerabilities that older adults face if they become infected with SARS-CoV-2. 

As a university teacher, I am guiding my students to write papers based on peer-reviewed, scientific articles about the virus and the resulting disease. 

And as a family member, I am constantly seeking information on how to protect myself and my family. 

By following scientists and medical professionals on Twitter, I read information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 before the mainstream media brings information from medical research to the lay reader. 

Here is my Twitter list of 200 plus COVID-19 stakeholders. 

This is where I discovered Ian M. Mackay, PhD, who uses his expertise as a virologist on his Twitter account @MackayIM Mackay has a PhD in virology from University of Queensland where he now works as an adjunct associate professor. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

COVID-19 Neologisms and When Old Words Were New


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As a college instructor who has been teaching classes English departments since the 1980s, my observations about aging often focus on word choice, etymology, usage, technical terms for phenomena observed by people in aging bodies, and evolving definitions:

  • Generation Jones-er as a specific term for younger Boomers
  • Gerotranscendence as type of wisdom often associated with advanced age
  • Gray vs Grey in the context of my age-correlated changes to my hair color
  • Grounded as my focus word for inviting greater calm and maturity
  • Midlife defined not by age but by a variety of milestones
  • Older Adults as the preferred term replacing senior citizens, etc. 
  • Vollendungsroman a literary term for a novel of completion or fullness 

Consequently, my curiousity was piqued when I saw @MerriamWebster share a link to their Time Traveler search tool.