In the early 1980s, a new mysterious malady captured the attention of public health professionals. Initially labeled GRID, these clusters of illnesses seemed to largely be an issue only on the East and West coasts. But Wisconsin's government was taking action.
Mary Lee Agnew is an urban wildlife photographer who travels by bike to her favorite Milwaukee haunts to wait patiently and mindfully for nature to reveal herself. Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, she's been noticing changes.
A highly contagious disease put the population in a panic. The government's response became politicized. Less affluent neighborhoods bore the brunt of the outbreak. The best medical science of the day was doubted. An aggressive protest against public health enforcement broke out.
Local and state efforts are underway to shunt dairy products that would otherwise go to waste during the COVID-19-related economic downturn to food banks, which are experiencing increased demand for their services and supplies.