The Age of COVID-19: Fear, Loathing, and the “New Normal”


  • Christopher A. Shaw University of British Columbia


contact tracing, flatten the curve, mask efficacy, PCR, polymerase chain reaction tests, shape the narrative, social distancing, social shaming, specific new powers, virtue signaling


In this article, I give some of the history of COVID-19, and review some of the unanswered questions about what is being represented as an extraordinary “pandemic”. Foremost among them is whether those “fashioning the narrative”, to borrow a phrase from the Stanford mathematician Richard Moore, also had a hand in fashioning the “pandemic” itself. I also introduce the articles in the rest of this issue that follow my own.

Author Biography

Christopher A. Shaw, University of British Columbia

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Program in Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, 828 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9, Canada; and Neural Dynamics Research Group



2021-01-05 — Updated on 2021-01-05


How to Cite

Shaw, C. A. (2021). The Age of COVID-19: Fear, Loathing, and the “New Normal”. International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research, 1(2), 98–142. Retrieved from