by Jonathan Spira

With Amazon Pharmacy, the world’s largest online retailer wants to be your friendly neighborhood chemist’s shop in addition to being your source for books, vacuum cleaners, laundry detergent, and groceries.
With its acquisition of PillPack and the creation of Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon stated that it seeks to make people’s pharmacy interactions more Amazon-like but there are clearly pluses and minuses to this.
I found out what the minuses were in my two …

2023 Vaccine Rollout – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Paul Riegler

In the United States, the new 2023 versions of the coronavirus vaccine have been approved by the appropriate regulatory agencies, millions of doses have been shipped by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to pharmacies across the country, and websites of chain store pharmacies stand ready to take your appointment for a jab.
What could possibly go wrong?
It turns out that the answer is, “a lot.”
The new Covid version of the vaccine (please don’t …

OK, Zoomer: Gen Z Falls for Online Scams More Than Their Gen X or Boomer Grandparents

by Kurt Stolz

The headlines are full of major computer hacks and scams that robbed 75-year-old grandmothers or pensioners of their life savings but many assume that the generation that grew up with the Internet – digital natives, we call them – would be savvy enough to not fall for such ruses.
It turns out, however, that Gen Z – the generation colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding …

Say Goodbye to Summer: Today is the Autumnal Equinox

by Anna Breuer

The calendar may say fall has arrived but for millions of people in the United States, a quick look out the window confirms that it’s still hurricane season, as Tropical Storm Ophelia lashes the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Still, summer came to an end on Saturday at 2:50 a.m. EDT (1:50 a.m. CT, 12:50 a.m. MT, and Friday at 11:50 p.m. PDT), the time of the 2023 autumnal equinox.
In the European Union, the …

How to Perfectly Time Your Covid and Flu Shots This Fall

by Jonathan Spira

With the advent of fall over the weekend, respiratory virus disease season starts as well.
Fall and winter are a time when viruses that cause respiratory disease typically circulate more heavily. Before Covid-19, two viruses – flu and RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus – were the main causes of severe respiratory disease during this time of year.  As we slowly close out the fourth year of the coronavirus pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 has …

Briefly Noted: ‘Bioadapted’ at Culture Lab LIC – Theater Review

by Jonathan Spira

It’s not that long ago that computers started to become a fixture in home and office, a tool we use without really thinking about it.  Artificial intelligence, or AI, is in the news constantly and that brings up many concerns.  As Stephen Hawking once noted: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
If you’re as concerned as I am about the possibility of a …

Wastewater Surveillance Reveals Record Covid Levels, Or Why Everyone You Know is Getting Sick Right Now

by Paul Riegler

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and by that I mean December 2021 when the Delta wave of coronavirus infections hit.
It’s quite possible that the number of infections is hovering at levels close to those of the pandemic’s first peak in 2020, and aren’t that far from the Delta peak of late 2021, this according to wastewater surveillance and modeling by forecasters.
In case you’re wondering what the devil …

Lauren Boebert Becomes Poster Child for Sex, Drugs, and Singalong Bad Behavior at Broadway Shows

by Jonathan Spira

Theatergoers everywhere – London’s West End, on Broadway, at Broadway shows on tour – have seemingly forgotten how to comport themselves once seated when the curtain goes up.
From musicals to Shakespeare, performances are being disrupted in ways far worse than when Patti Lupone snatched a mobile phone from a texting theatergoer in July 2015.  Without breaking character, Lupone literally took the matter – and the audience member’s phone – into …