Why Bats Are the Source Of Many Infectious Diseases? Bats are known to carry a variety of zoonotic pathogens. They belong to the second-largest group of mammals including around 19 families and 962 species worldwide. Bats contain more than 130 varieties of viruses out of which 60 species are considered zoonotic and highly pathogenic to humans.  … [Read more...] about Why Bats Themselves Don’t Get Infected By Viruses
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5. Work on common goals. Having people with whom you share a collective experience helps, as does having a common goal. No matter what our job was on a base, we relied on everyone doing their job. It was my responsibility to set up and maintain communication systems and networks. I could not do my job if the electricians did not work, nor could I work if purchasing and receiving did not order my equipment. Our goal was the stated mission. In my case, that was a military objective, but we focused on our specific tasks. We always knew we were working towards a common goal and had to do our part. … [Read more...] about Seven Military Strategies for Coping with Social Distancing
Do not let yourself get discouraged by the self-help rhetoric. If you want to challenge or distract yourself with some new goals during this time, that’s fine; but if your goal is to just get through the days, don’t let anyone tell you that’s not enough. Resilience will happen in the months ahead—as we learn ways to put together new routines and find a new normal. Post-traumatic growth will happen years from now. In the meantime, let’s focus on managing depression, anxiety, allowing ourselves to experience difficult emotions, and watching the ways we cope. That seems like more than enough for now. … [Read more...] about What Is Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping in a Pandemic?
But isn’t reducing screen time still a worthy goal? It’s not that I don’t think that there are benefits to reducing screen time. The average teenager spends more than seven hours a day with entertainment media, so there is certainly lots of room for improvement. But according to the latest brain science, we’d be better off focusing on one or two strategic changes rather than walking around the house unplugging devices in a fit of frustration. They will likely be plugged back in before we know it. … [Read more...] about Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution
Creativity emerges from exploration and play. Adolescents and adults play with and explore ideas. For young children, play takes a form of imagining and enacting events, interactions, and worlds. Imagination in children’s pretend play predicts their creative thinking in their adolescent years. Like much else, the ability to imagine a wooden block being a ward of an animal hospital or an outpost on Mars can be flexed and built like a muscle. Preschools and kindergarten classrooms face increasing requirements to teach academic skills, reducing the amount of time for pretend play and implicitly or explicitly seeing it as a waste of time. This plague can provide young children with the crucial opportunity for pretend play. … [Read more...] about Creativity at Home in the Time of Pandemic