A Viral Year.
If you had told me one year ago—right around the time I'd just accepted a new role as a senior health editor at HealthCentral—what was coming around the bend, I might not have believed you. A modern-day plague? Ripped straight from the film Contagion, quickly going viral around the globe and quarantining most of us to our homes for months on end? Set against the backdrop of raging political protests, conspiracist rabbit holes, and a historically chaotic U.S. presidential election? As I've reported, edited, and worked through it all, doing my best to produce and share fact-checked, scientifically backed, and peer-reviewed information, I confess I've been dismayed to realize just how many of us are satisfied with consuming and reposting unreliable quackery—even folks whom, by their educational credentials alone, should know better. As 2020 closes, the only thing I know with certainty is that I haven't a clue what 2021 will bring. A praying type might do well to make a single "ask" for the new year ahead: that truth and facts—for both do still exist, despite arguments to the contrary—prevail to guide us all going forward. Here's to a better, healthier, saner 2021.