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April 21, 2021

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COVID-19:  What are the odds?

Hardin County is at 111.6 cases per 100,000 people

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States, globally, and in Ohio. 

On April 15, 2021, the US reported 74,374 new COVID-19 cases with 2,164 from Ohio and four from Hardin County. This week Ohio contributed 2.9% of the country’s cases. 

Hancock County is in the top five reported counties in Ohio with 304.8 new cases per 100,000 people and Allen County is reporting 160.2 per 100,000. 

Hardin County is at 111.6 cases per 100,000 people followed by Logan County at 96.3 per 100,000. 

I’ve had writer’s block lately

In our culture, it’s very common to feel shame when we are not productive, but I know that my self worth should not depend on how much I produce

By Amelia Alexander
Lately I’ve been feeling like an impostor and a failure. The other day, I was being incredibly negative and one of my friends kindly pointed out that I should be all about the growth mindset, considering I have written an entire article about it.

I was feeling embarrassed because he was completely correct. I was being a hypocrite, and I felt very disconnected from the “good writer” people have told me that I am.

I’ve been struggling to write, and the feeling of being stuck has seeped its way into other aspects of my life. 

Icon book review: The Four Winds

Robert McCool writes: "This new book exhibits the power of her prose that's present that's in all of her writing"

Review by Robert McCool
Kristin Hannah does  it again.

I've gone back and read every one of Kristin Hannah's (The Nightingale, The Great Alone) novels, and this new book exhibits the power of her prose that's present that's in all of her writing.

In “The Four Winds” (ISBN 978-1-64358-823-0) the strength of her protagonist is the strength exhibited in all of her female characters. The strength to carry the weight the world, and sometimes that means the whole family, upon her shoulders.

COVID vaccines: Will Novavax be next?

A welcome sign as we continue to fight this pandemic

By Christian Stang
Student Pharmacist with Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of ONU HealthWise

As we move into the early months of spring 2021, things look quite different than they had a year ago. 

The masking and social distancing has stuck around (and rightfully so), but we are moving forward with the goal of regaining that sense of normalcy that may mean something different for each one of us.

In the past few months, we have entered a new stage of this ever-changing and unprecedented pandemic with the introduction of vaccines authorized for emergency use.

Icon music review: Five songs people wanted to cancel

Including “Puff The Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul, And Mary?

Reviewed/Written by Craig Hoffman 
“Let’s cancel it!” A polarizing phrase that appears to be a product of the social climate and times in which we live.

Everything from TV shows, movies, books, and, yes, music is now under the microscope of the “woke” public eye. But in music, songs and artists meeting with criticism for their so-called lack of a moral compass is nothing new. 

Here’s a look at five iconic songs that people wanted to say sayonara to, despite the issues they sing about remaining front and center in 2021. 

You are what you eat

This saying also goes for the information that we consume

By Amelia Alexander
We live in an age of information, but unfortunately, we also live in an era of misinformation. 

 Fake news spreads like wildfire. Fake news is information that is false or completely misleading that is presented as news. Fake news travels about 6 times faster than regular news on social media. This is extremely concerning.

Many of us consume news online, via social media. About 86% of adults admitted to at least getting some of their news through social media. 60% recorded that they often get their news from social media, according to a Pew research center study, conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2020.