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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Pandemic 2020: Dr. Olson’s observations

During the Covid-19 crisis, my parents, who are both in their 70s, have had to continue regular visits to their doctors. One of those visits was on Friday, when my Mom had a monthly injection in her eye for macular degeneration. My Dad gave an interesting report to brother and sister (Erik and Kristen), which I’m including here:

“Yesterday was a historical day. Kristen had face masks made for us (Erik had given us a couple N-95s earlier). When we arrived at Mom’s eye doc, we waited in the near empty parking lot until we were called to come in. We put on our face masks. We were ushered to a room to get Mom’s shot -- no waiting, nor was there any one in the waiting area. All staff wore face masks and eye protection. They were all wearing the same pretty blue protective clothing. It was a scene from the “Andromeda Strain” movie — really eerie! 15 minutes later, we were ushered back out and given a couple different face masks. Now we each have three face masks and could part with a couple if anyone needs one😃”

One thing you should know is my Dad is a scientist, so he’s always observing or looking at data. At one point we started calling him a “big name scientist,” because he was on Good Morning America as part of a story on cold fusion, and that’s how they introduced him.

If you’ve never heard of “The Andromeda Strain,” I don’t recommend watching the movie any time soon. Basically, a pathogen from space comes to earth and has the potential to kill everyone. The plot is about the scientists who are tasked with finding treatment or a cure. The novel of the same name was written by Michael Crichton, who was in medical school when he started writing stories. He’d eventually write “Jurassic Park,” which was turned into 90’s blockbuster by Spielberg. But Crichton wrote many novels that were turned into films. I think my favorite by Crichton is a non-fiction book called “Travels.”


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