As the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes, Covid-19, continue to affect the whole world, we too are impacted. We were due to travel to Taiwan in late March, 2020 to begin a new assignment there. Although Taiwan is among the best countries in the world in terms of controlling the spread of the virus, we were unable to begin the assignment due to cancelled flights and quarantine requirements. (Even in the absence of these factors, we would have cancelled the assignment anyway because any virus is especially contagious in indigenous communities — as we are seeing, for example, in Brazil.)
Our monthly opinion editorials have not been impacted and we have published, and will continue to publish, them on the first day of each month. However, we have not, until recently, been able to post regular updates on our Facebook page. In addition, our planned assignment to return to Central America in 2020 has been placed on hold.
In the near term we are, like most of the world, slowly returning to some form of normality. That will be a new normal. In the third quarter, 2020, we will announce a slightly re-purposed mission for the foundation incorporating indigenous knowledge and science. In the longer term, we intend to resume our field assignments eventually. For now, however, they are on hold indefinitely.