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They haven't started yet. But you can make research and try to ask people in your school and also contact some of your lecturers. Stay close to your school website to get the latest update and news about your school. For now they haven't start anything like that if they have they would have made itRead more
They haven’t started yet. But you can make research and try to ask people in your school and also contact some of your lecturers. Stay close to your school website to get the latest update and news about your school. For now they haven’t start anything like that if they have they would have made it known to everyone. Once they start we will be happy to notify you so you can know what to do next.
But for the main time keep asking questions on https://www.tistip.com/ask-question
If you are new to link building. If you want more traffic to your blog, you need SEO. And one of the most important thing to do on SEO is link building. Having so many site linking back to you is a sign to tell Google how authentic your site is. And how to you get a site to link to you? Here how allRead more
If you are new to link building.
If you want more traffic to your blog, you need SEO. And one of the most important thing to do on SEO is link building. Having so many site linking back to you is a sign to tell Google how authentic your site is.
And how to you get a site to link to you?
Here how all you need is link building strategy and they are many types of link building strategy.
1. Profile link building
2. Web 2.0
3. Guest posting
4. Comments link
5. PBN (black hat)
6. Redirecting old domain ( at your own risk )
AND MANY MORE
but my favorite is Guest posting. That’s what many SEO expert always use. Is natural and risk free. You can actually Google it to know more about Guest posting and how to make a perfect one but for now if you want a website where you can post for free tistip.com is a DA 22 website and is a general Q&A website. You can also make a post there. Do you know if an authority website link to a website and the website links to you is still counts as link joice?
Tistip have been link to by many big boys.
2. 20 .edu website (include 5 Nigeria universities)
3. 5 .gov website
AND MANY MORE: you’re free to Question me about those link being True. I’ll send you screenshots, but you can also use ahref to see for yourself.
Some things to note before making post
1. Your post must be plagiarism Free (Very important if not you post won’t be approved)
2. Your post must have a be meaningful/helpful
3. Spam Free
4. There is no actual word count a post must be, but you should make it long for higher chance or approver.
5. You’re only allow to put one link in every 500 words
6. Your link must be a reference, sentence, further Reading, cornerstone content or other but must look natural and related.
After you’ve pass all this test. Visit https://www.tistip.com/add-post
To submit your post.
Happy Link Building
You have to be ready for any ups and downs. You have to make sure you're not behind your competitors. Always seek for help from pro. Running a successful blog in Nigeria Running a successful blog is not easy mostly here in Nigeria. From electricity problem to data subscription and with the number ofRead more
You have to be ready for any ups and downs. You have to make sure you’re not behind your competitors.
Always seek for help from pro.
Running a successful blog is not easy mostly here in Nigeria. From electricity problem to data subscription and with the number of blogs that are being created everyday ranking and getting traffic is becoming harder by the day.
To keep your blog relevant is a big work if you’re not well prepared. with all of that said i came up with some tips to run a successful blog.
Before you startup a blog how prepare are you. Starting a blog Isn’t free and you’ll be have to pay a little or more to get your blog live. At least you will pay for hosting and domain. Unless you want to start with a free blogger platform or WordPress.com platform. But if you actually want to have a blog that is running well you’ll need to pay for hosting and domain.
So financial preparation should be your number one plan. And also don’t ignore intellectual preparation because Blog is a place to write content that will help others. So If you don’t have anything to offer. Blogging will be hard for you mostly when you don’t have money to hire a writer to do that for you.
Do you actually want to be successfully, then you must be determined and ready to take what is coming, as I always say there’s no Quick way to success. All you need is determination to keep moving, you will have some low points and if you’re not determined enough you might end up giving up on it. Because you’re not determined.
One of the things you need to do to be successful is determination and uniqueness. I see alot of Nigerian Bloggers using Naija this Naija that on their website. Even loaded this loaded that.
That does mean they can’t be successful with that name. But there’s no uniqueness there. You want to be like naijaloaded doesn’t mean you should be have naija in your domain name. You can be unique and successful.
Writing of articles is hard for some people but they want to have a blog. Sometimes I ask myself “how is that even possible when you don’t have money” I mean how can you have a blog yet you can’t write a Readable content?
As a Blogger you must be good in writing content. If you’re not good in writing then you should be rich enough to hire a content writer for your blog. Blogging is more about writing.
An everage Nigerian Starting up a blog. Is already calculating how much he/she will make out of that blog, And after applying for Adsense several times and didn’t get approval that lead many to give up. Because when you start something to make Quick money after few months of doing it. You didn’t make the money. You will have to give up to other quick money avenue.
Always try to know how the big blogs started and how they succeeded, though not all will work for you. But those that will work should be put to work. Don’t copy content from them copy and follow their ideas and you will enjoy doing that and a good result should follow also.
You might be thinking why is time included. But everything we do in this life requires time for proper result. How much time do you spend on your blog writing or Fixing issues? Always do proper timing and spend much time on your blog, you will get a quality result. You might be a part time blogger or full time or you have another business doing, all of these doesn’t stop you from being a successful blogger if you do proper timing.
Getting traffic to your blog is one of the most important thing to do as a blog owner (blogger) but how can we do that?
If I tell you is easy that means you have money to do social media and Google ads. But if not I’ll tell you is hard or it takes quite alot of time for some people. As a Blogger we read alot of traffic strategys written by pro’s but some or none works for us.
Because we’re not in same page or we’re doing it the wrong way. Also never neglect those articles because they give us clues on what to do and we need those clues to be able to get the traffic we want.
Facebook and Twitter already have alot of users and those users includes you and I. And we join different groups on Facebook
After creating your blog’s Facebook page, share your latest blog post there and look for a group that is in same category with your blog.
For example you write about technology, join a tech group on Facebook and when you write new post. About tech you can share it to that groups and the people in that group will welcome it. Because they are there to get information about tech.
Not when your post is about cakes and you share It to a tech group. You can never get any click, you might be mark as spam or Rather removed from the group for spamming them we useless links.
Search engines had come a long way and still very relevant and important for traffic source. We work daily on tistip just to make sure we get more traffic from search.
And the work is called SEO.
In full it means Search Engine Optimization.
SEO Is a way to make search engine to love your website and use it to serve answers to searchers. Search Engine traffic are very important because they are more of target traffic. So how do you make search engine like your website.
(One of the way to build backlinks is guess posting. We accept guess posting here)
They are many factors to make Search Engine like your blog. You can read more on the web.
I will have to end it here. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask. See you next time!.
On the 8th of November in 2017, American secret service agents and their Chinese counterparts were involved in a brief altercation over the American 'nuclear football'. While entering China's Great Hall of the People, a Chinese agent blocked President Trump's aide tasked with carrying the football,Read more
On the 8th of November in 2017, American secret service agents and their Chinese counterparts were involved in a brief altercation over the American ‘nuclear football’.
While entering China’s Great Hall of the People, a Chinese agent blocked President Trump’s aide tasked with carrying the football, only for Chief of Staff and retired US Marine Corps General John Kelly to announce, “We’re moving in”, and brush past the Chinese guards.
A guard grabbed Kelly, who quickly shoved the guard off, and immediately a US secret service agent tackled and subdued the Chinese guard.
Though the scuffle was over in a flash, it
highlighted the importance of this little black briefcase that must always accompany the president no matter where he goes.
The head of the Chinese security detail would go on to apologize for the misunderstanding,
as apparently the guards had not realized that the aide carrying the nuclear football must always be within easy reach of the US President.
While some might think the American response was an overreaction, it only takes a moment to see it from the Secret Service’s point of view to see why they felt the need to respond immediately and with overwhelming force.
The US President had just been removed from
the nuclear football while within a foreign nation, and a nation to boot who is a potential
Were something to happen to the US President
while he was away from the football, and China
launched a preemptive first strike against the US, there would be no way for America to respond in time with its own weapons.
A far-fetched scenario to some, but US Secret
Service agents must constantly entertain the
most extreme possibilities as potential realities
every single day, for that is the only way to avert a potential, and surprise, catastrophe.
Thus it is standard operating procedure that the nuclear football never be removed from the immediate physical vicinity of the US President.
This nuclear command and control tool is officially known as the President’s emergency satchel, and is an aluminum briefcase encased in black leather.
Details are difficult to ascertain given the extreme secrecy of the device, but it is widely
believed to be bulletproof and resistant to
It weighs approximately 45 pounds (20 kg) and is equipped with powerful satellite communication gear to ensure the president is always in contact with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As nuclear arsenals grew in the Soviet Union and the US, it became clear that the nation to launch first would have an immediate and
possibly war-winning advantage.
Such a first strike might even render the
defending nation unable to launch its own
nuclear counter-attack, making the possibility
of a nuclear first strike extremely attractive to the aggressor.
With ICBMs moving at thousands of miles an
hour, it became vital that the President of the United States be able to order an immediate
nuclear counter-attack in the case of sudden
Yet after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962,
President John F. Kennedy posed several questions to his staff, doubting the effectiveness of the current nuclear command system.
His most pointed question however was,
“How would the person who received my instructions verify them?”
This one question led to a complete rethinking of how the US President was to order a nuclear
attack or retaliation, and highlighted a major
flaw in the systems set in place for the President to do so while out of the White House.
Thus the modern iteration of the nuclear football was born.
A mobile device, the nuclear football contains
satellite communications gear that lets the
President be in contact with the Joint Chiefs
of Staff no matter where in the world he is.
This can include a full-scale nuclear response
against one, or all of America’s enemies, or a limited response which might be just a single cruise missile strike with a low yield warhead.
It is rumored that attack plans also include an option to launch a no-harm nuclear strike high above a nation in the atmosphere, delivering an electromagnetic pulse that wipes out most of a nation’s electrical infrastructure.
If you’re a fan of conspiracy theories, it might also include a plan to nuke the Reptilian aliens hiding out on the dark side of the Moon.
A second book contains a listing of classified
presidential shelter locations, or places that the President could be taken to in case of a major nuclear emergency.
These are typically hardened locations deep
underground that can survive direct nuclear
A manila folder with eight or ten pages that give a description of the procedures to initiate
and use the Emergency Alert System, both for
early warning and for post-strike communications with the nation.
These codes ensure to the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the person ordering a nuclear attack is indeed the US President, and while they typically stay within the football, some US
Presidents such as President Reagan actually
preferred to physically carry his in his pocket.
During the assassination attempt against Reagan, when he was rushed to the hospital not only was he physically separated from the football, but as his clothes were cut off in surgery, the nuclear codes were haphazardly discarded by medical staff and later found stuck in his shoe.
Firstly, only the current President of the United States is authorized to launch any form of nuclear attack- whether that’s as a retaliation, or an escalation during the middle of a full-blown war.
Should the President be incapacitated or killed, that responsibility falls to the Vice-President, and so on down an established chain of command.
Second, the President is patched in to a conference call with his top civilian and military advisors, whom all recommend a course to follow.
If enemy launches are detected, this call can last as short as 30 seconds.
Communications between the President, his
advisors, and top military leadership are all relayed via the US’s Milstar satellite network- a highly jam-resistant constellation of satellites that keeps US forces linked together around the world.
As a redundancy or in the aftermath of a nuclear attack, US military forces could still use the TACAMO airborne communications system to stay in contact- basically a fleet of airplanes packed with communications gear that is also extremely resilient to jamming, the TACAMO communications system was designed to keep a nation ravaged by nuclear war in contact with its military forces around the world Once an attack plan has been decided on by the President, the senior officer in the Pentagon war room must authenticate the President’s identity by issuing a challenge code using the military alphabet, such as Charlie November.
An Emergency War Order is then broadcast to
all US nuclear alert forces via several communications networks, to ensure receipt.
The order is typically about 150 characters,
or the length of a twitter message, and contains the specific war plan to execute, launch time, and authentication codes needed to unlock the missiles before firing.
Seconds later, crews around the world based
in missile silos, alert hangars, and submarines
deep under water all open locked safes which
contain sealed authentication-system, or SAS,
codes which are prepped by the National Security agency.
They compare their SAS codes with those contained within the launch order to verify the authenticity of the launch order.
Any discrepancies whatsoever will result in a no-go, or no launch/release of nuclear weapons.
When launched from a submarine the Captain,
executive officer, and two other senior officers
authenticate the order.
About 15 minutes later, the missiles are ready
Land-launched ICBMS are housed in underground silos with five launch crews each controlling up to 50 missiles.
Each launch crew is made up of two officers
and the individual teams are housed miles apart from each other in highly secure underground complexes to ensure their security.
Once authenticated, the crews enter the war
plan number into their launch computers which re-targets the missiles from their peacetime targets in the middle of the ocean to their war time targets on land.
At the designated launch time, the crews all
turn their launch keys simultaneously which
sends five “votes” for launch to the missiles.
Because the missiles need just two “votes”
to launch, failure to authenticate or mutiny
by three other crews will not stop the launch
of all 50 missiles.
Missiles launched from airborne platforms
follow a similar method, with their individual
SAS codes being verified against those sent
by the war room.
During the Cold War the US and Russia both
kept nuclear alert forces in the air at all times, 24/7, 365 days a year- and these crews would then immediately proceed on a vector to their assigned targets.
Once SAS codes are authorized, missiles are
Anywhere from five minutes to 15 minutes after a Presidential order is given, intercontinental ballistic missiles will be blasting off into the sky to rain death down on their assigned targets, and once released there is no way to recall them, disarm them, or reprogram their trajectories.
The responsibility of carrying the nuclear football is staggering, as is the responsibility
of the man entrusted by the US to use it properly.
While many have criticized the entire system,
and one senior American general was even discharged for asking, “How do I know the President giving me the order to fire my weapons is sane?”,
it remains the best system for ensuring continued nuclear deterrence.
Grab your weapons, find your friends and get to your base. It's zombie-hunting time! That thing you've been daydreaming about for years is finally happening. here's what would happen if there was a zombie apocalypse. So, what exactly should you do if your neighbor suddenly turns into a zombie? FirstRead more
Grab your weapons, find your friends
and get to your base.
It’s zombie-hunting time!
That thing you’ve been daydreaming about for years is finally happening.
here’s what would happen if there was a zombie apocalypse.
First, pack the basics.
A water bottle, essential medicine, and a first aid kit will all be all key to your survival.
Oh, and a baseball bat wouldn’t hurt either,
in case you run into any undead.
Now if you’re in a city, get the heck out of there.
A research team out of Cornell University figures that in the event of a zombie outbreak, New York City would be completely infected in less than 24 hours.
Other large, densely populated cities around the world like Lagos would quickly follow suit.
If the zombies don’t bite you, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll bite the dust from the mass hysteria happening all around you.
The best way to avoid a zombie apocalypse
would be to head for the water and find a boat.
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that zombies are terrible swimmers; and traveling on the water will be far less busy than anywhere else.
While you’re making your way toward the water, only stop at places with higher elevations.
Rooftops and lookout towers are your best bet as they’d be relatively easy to defend.
And remember to be as quick as possible, because in just 100 days, 99% of the world’s population would succumb to the zombie apocalypse.
That’s according to a prediction from the University of Leicester in England.
Using the SIR model, which calculates the spread of contagious diseases, the study predicted that, after just 100 days, only 273 humans would be alive on planet Earth.
They predict the zombie population would
quickly outnumber the people who were alive, resulting in a snowball effect — quickly adding more zombies while taking away the surviving humans.
But let’s say those 100 days haven’t passed yet.
Well, it’s probably not on your bucket list,
but if you do want to survive the zombie apocalypse, North Korea might be the best place to do it.
It all has to do with the military.
North Korea has 47 armed military personnel per 1,000 citizens.
In comparison, the United States has only 4 military personnel per 1,000 citizens.
Sure the U.S. has way more guns, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use them.
In a high-stress scenario, with zombies
chasing you from every direction, there’s bound to be misfires and tons of friendly fire.
So, that’s what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, but we should consider if a scenario like this is even possible.
Well, we already have them in nature.
Insects can be infected with a parasitic fungus known as Cordyceps.
The infection essentially hijack the insect’s
brain and even controls them after they die.
Cordyceps have been known to destroy entire colonies of ants.
If humans were to be somehow infected by a similar airborne disease, it wouldn’t be long until we see these things everywhere.
Relax, something like this isn’t likely to happen.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be talking about it.
A lot of these zombie survival studies can be applied to the world we know today, just with other diseases.
They show just how a city, country or entire world can be easily wiped out by a disease if not prepared.
So maybe having your zombie survival strategy all planned out isn’t a bad thing.
Plus, we need you to survive if a mess like this ever does happen.
If you’re reading this article around the time it comes out, and maybe for months after as well, then chances are, you’re currently stuck in your home. Quarantined. You’ve also probably heard this word more in the last few months than you have in your entire life put together. But what does “QuarantRead more
If you’re reading this article around the time it comes out, and maybe for months after as well, then chances are, you’re currently stuck in your home.
You’ve also probably heard this word more in the last few months than you have in your entire life put together.
But what does “Quarantine” actually mean, and where does the word really come from?
Let’s take a break from epidemiology to instead study the etymology of this extremely popular global buzzword, and get to the root cause of the word “Quarantine.”
If we’re going by the Merriam-Webster dictionary definitions of the word, the two you’re probably more familiar with are “a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests” and “a state of enforced isolation.”
But these are actually only the third and fourth definitions of the word.
The first and second are “a period of 40 days” and “a term during which a ship arriving in port and suspected of carrying contagious disease is held in isolation from the shore.”
Probably not what you expected, right?
Let’s turn back time and explore these more esoteric definitions.
Like a lot of English words, quarantine was
largely plagiarized from Western Europe – it’s derived from the Latin word quadraginta and the Italian word quaranta, both of which mean “forty.”
The actual act that the word “Quarantine” refers to has been in use since long before the word ever came into prominence.
Quarantine In Bible
Even the Bible has references to the isolation
of lepers in order to prevent the spread of leprosy.
Prior to the 14th Century, when the term was
coined, many cultures even had designating
areas for sequestering the sick.
In Venice, these were called lazarettos –named after Lazarus, the man Jesus was said to have brought back from the dead, and also the Catholic Patron Saint of Lepers – and they were built outside the city to keep the sick separate from the general population.
Quarantine During The Black Death
However, it was during history’s deadliest
pandemic, the Black Death – which killed around 200 million victims – that quarantine
as a term came into use.
The Venetian-controlled port city of Ragusa
– which is now Dubrovnik in modern Croatia
– implemented a plague-time policy known
Under Trentino, trade ships arriving from
plague-infested areas were to be isolated
for a period of thirty days to see if the crew presented plague symptoms before letting
them mix with the general population.
Criminals who broke the law also faced thirty
days isolation under Trentino.
This policy turned out to be quite successful, and over the next eighty years was also adopted by Pisa, Marseilles, and a number of other cities.
the period of isolation was moved from thirty to forty days, meaning the name changed from Trentino to Quarantino, which was then anglicised into “Quarantine.”
There’s a lot of speculation as to why they
changed the number of days from thirty to
forty – some suggest it could be an extra
safety precaution, others posit it might be
because of the religious significance of the
number forty, like Christ’s Biblical forty days fasting in the desert.
But like many aspects of history, it’s equally
likely the change was purely arbitrary.
The enforcement of the Quarantino was often
fickle and inconsistent, and often made exceptions for the rich and influential, who could simply buy themselves out of isolation while the poor bore the brunt of the law.
That may have been several hundred years ago, but really, some things never change.
Wanna read more to get you through your Quarantino?
Why not check out “3 Things Coronavirus Does Not Like” and “When The Coronavirus Pandemic Will End?
In the meantime, stay safe, stay quarantined,
and wash your hands!
What is UVC Lights It's an incredibly powerful form of ultraviolet light that's beamed from the Sun. It's so powerful that it can give you a sunburn in seconds. And looking at a UVC light is ten times stronger than staring directly at the Sun. UVC light Use But while UVC is extremely dangerous, it cRead more
It’s an incredibly powerful form of ultraviolet light that’s beamed from the Sun.
It’s so powerful that it can give you a sunburn in seconds.
And looking at a UVC light is ten times stronger than staring directly at the Sun.
But while UVC is extremely dangerous, it can also be extremely helpful.
Since scientists figured out how to harness its power, UVC has been used to disinfect surfaces on public transportation, hospitals, and even money.
In developing countries, UVC is often used to help purify drinking water.
Its reputation is established as a reliable killer of microbes, so people are now wondering if UVC can be brought to battle against the novel coronavirus.
UV light has been used for sterilization and disinfection since the mid-20th century.
Why is UVC Lights not used now?
Is UVC our best shot at fighting current and future pandemics?
Well, you may not have known it, but the Sun has already been fighting diseases on our behalf for quite some time.
But that doesn’t mean harmful bacteria and viruses will simply evaporate while we’re getting our tan on.
The Earth’s ozone layer blocks UVC rays from reaching us, which is definitely a good thing.
While they’d probably wipe out any microbial threats, our skin could also be severely damaged.
If we were to use UVC light to kill viruses, we’d opt for a less damaging version called far UVC.
This type of light efficiently kills bacteria without harming exposed skin.
While far-UVC is easily absorbed by biological materials, like human tissue, the outer layer of our skin is actually dead, so the UVC rays would not be able to interact with the healthy cells inside our bodies and create cancer or other diseases.
But because microbes are so small, and don’t have the same protective layer of dead skin that we do, they’re easily vaporized by far-UVC light.
Costing less than $1,000 per lamp, and probably less if they were mass-produced, we could light our streets, our parks, our public transit systems with germ-killing far-UVC lamps.
We could even install them on handrails so that they could sterilize themselves during the day.
The efficiency of ultraviolet light treatments depends on how the virus spreads.
If we’re dealing with an airborne virus, UVC lamps might do the trick.
But if it’s a disease that’s spread through direct contact, UVC lamps won’t help us very much.
Viruses also come in different shapes and sizes, which means we’d have to adjust the power and exposure time of our UVC lamps for every new virus that comes around.
And regardless of how well they’re built, UVC lamps would still likely expose the public to increased levels of radiation.
And even low doses over an extended period of time can be just as lethal as short doses of high energy radiation.
So while we might enjoy a nice, year-round tan, we’d also become more wrinkly and would be at higher risk of developing cataracts.
That means sunscreen would be a must at all times, along with big sunglasses and crazy hats! But if that’s not your style, don’t worry about it too much.
UV lamps don’t offer full protection against a pandemic, but they could certainly help to
“flatten the curve.”
It’s unlikely that towns and cities would convert every street light and lamppost to far-UVC, but you could see more of them used in microbial hotspots.
You know which ones I’m talking about.
But just because new technology could help us fight new viral and bacterial threats, it doesn’t mean we should forget the best ways to protect ourselves.
Let’s fix that stat.
Wash your hands!
Especially after using the bathroom.
Unless you don’t plan on leaving the bathroom at all.
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Imagine if the entire planet suddenly got sick. I can darn sure picture that. Now, let's give everyone a medical mask and make them wear it at all times. But seriously, in the case of a pandemic, The theory behind wearing face masks is that they prevent sprays of virus-laden fluids from entering youRead more
Imagine if the entire planet suddenly got sick.
I can darn sure picture that.
Now, let’s give everyone a medical mask and make them wear it at all times.
But seriously, in the case of a pandemic, The theory behind wearing face masks is that they prevent sprays of virus-laden fluids from entering your nose or mouth.
Or, if you’re already sick, a mask works to keep those fluids from flying too far from your own nose and mouth so that you don’t infect other people. Some people wear masks so that they breathe in fewer toxins and air pollution.
But let’s focus on medical masks.
So we’ll try to clear this up as best we can.
For starters, we’d need to give out medical masks to everyone on Earth.
There are about 7.8 billion people populating the planet right now.
Given that it’s not recommended to wear a mask for longer than 24 hours, Of course, healthcare workers working on the frontlines
would get the highest quality, most expensive face protection, the N95 respirator mask.
Supplying all of them with N95s would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of The general public doesn’t require as much protection.
They’d get by wearing regular medical face masks at the cost of Right now, manufacturers
don’t produce enough masks.
That would open up an opportunity for more
businesses associated with mask production.
And there would be more jobs.
If no government agreed to write it into their budget, people would have to get those masks on their own.
Everyone would need to spend at least There would likely be some kind of punishment in place for not wearing a mask.
Once everybody got used to this new reality,
your mask would become a fashion item.
We’d have to match our masks to the color of our socks, and no white masks after Labor Day.
It would be harder to read facial expressions.
This could change the way we interpret body language.
There would likely be some reduction in spreading viruses.
Maybe that would save the world from another pandemic.
I’m saying “maybe” because it’s hard to measure the effectiveness of face masks.
It depends on factors like face shape, and mask type, and even how often you breathe.
The biggest problem with basic surgical masks
is that air can get underneath the mask.
And, what’s more important, breathing isn’t always how you get sick.
We shake hands with infected people, and touch something that’s infected.
Of course, the mask could help you touch your face less, but once you touch the mask itself, you’d have to get a new one.
You’d still need to wash your hands, and keep your distance from those people who are sick.
And you’d really need to learn how to wear that mask properly.
First, you need to wash your hands with soap,
or at least splash some hand sanitizer on them.
Remove the mask from the box, and place the loops behind your ears, with the metal band at the top.
Pull the bottom part of the mask towards your chin, and press the metal band against your face, so the mask fits better.
Discard it when it gets wet or dirty, and wash your hands before getting another clean one.
Now, this all means that at least They can’t be reused or recycled, so they would add a lot more waste to our landfills.
If you really want to make a difference, stay home during a pandemic, and wear masks only when you’re outside, or when someone in your household is sick.
Leave the heavy-duty N95 masks for healthcare professionals, since they come in contact with sick patients.
And maybe get creative.
Just check which materials will actually protect you first.
Pandemics are hard on everyone.
The COVID-19 virus has been the one thing on everyone’s minds since the start of 2020, as what seemed like an isolated incident quickly spiralled into a global disaster, infecting – at the time of this writing, April 18th, 2020 – they are two million+ confirmed cases in the world. It’s physically imRead more
The COVID-19 virus has been the one thing on everyone’s minds since the start of 2020, as what seemed like an isolated incident quickly spiralled into a global disaster, infecting
– at the time of this writing, April 18th, 2020 – they are two million+ confirmed cases in the world.
It’s physically impossible to go to any reputable news source and not be bombarded
with anxiety-inducing headlines about the latest infection numbers and death tolls.
The question has probably crossed your mind:
Well, based on the opinions of the world’s
leading experts, we hope to provide you with
some answers to those questions today.
Science writer Ed Yong, who wrote an article
over two years ago explaining why a global
pandemic was basically unavoidable, has said
that there are three potential ways the pandemic can come to an end: The unlikely way, the dangerous way, and the long way.
Yong posits that the unlikely way would involve all the world’s nations suddenly cleaning up their act, and simultaneously getting their viral situations under control through a mix of strong quarantine measures and mass-testing rollouts, much like the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Considering how far the situation has escalated already, and the poor job many major world powers have done in both preparing for and then controlling the spread, this particular scenario feels more like a pipe dream than a viable choice.
Take the US, one of the most developed and
prosperous nations in the world, which has become the global epicentre for the pandemic.
All predictive models created prior to the actual pandemic took it as a given that the
US would quickly create and widely distribute
an effective viral test, which is the foundation of any successful pandemic response.
The US hasn’t done that testing and as of today, doesn’t look to have a plan in place for making tests available to a large segment of the population.
While Italy and Spain have been ravaged by COVID-19, for the US, the worst is yet to come.
The US has a much higher population than Italy, but fewer hospital beds per capita.
Many models predict that deaths and infections will peak in April, possibly overloading the healthcare system, but this model relies on the assumption that all Americans will be observing quarantine or social distancing measures.
At the time of this writing, President Trump has not ordered a national quarantine, and many US citizens still aren’t taking the social distancing measures seriously.
In other words, things seem bad now, but an even worse disaster is coming down the track.
The second possibility for how the COVID-19 pandemic might end is also the fastest, but it will also come with some pretty horrific costs.
You may have heard the term “herd immunity”
thrown around lately.
This refers to allowing the infection to spread,
either intentionally or not, with the assumption that those who recover will develop the proper antibodies to fight off the virus and become immune, protecting the overall population.
This is essentially the epidemiological equivalent of allowing a fire to burn itself out.
The problem with this kind of approach is that allowing a fire to burn itself out will often leave the world with little left to burn.
If this approach was taken – as the UK government initially intended to do – millions would die in the US alone, with tens of millions worldwide.
The third scenario is the most realistic, and will cause the least collateral damage to human life, but it will also mean it’ll be far longer before society as we know it will return to normal.
The general idea is that we will have to continue keeping up social distancing and quarantine measures, putting greater focus on areas where outbreaks flare up, until an effective vaccine can be developed.
It’ll basically be like treating the outbreak as a whole the same way as one would treat a single case of COVID-19: Treating the condition symptomatically while the immune system fights off the disease.
While this may seem straightforward on paper, it’s actually quite an intense process.
Not only will infections continue to occur across the globe during this elongated period,
many vulnerable people will die as a result.
Sadly, the fact that more people will die as a result of COVID-19 is inevitable at this point.
The key at this stage is minimizing how many
of those deaths occur.
The actual creation of the vaccine will also take quite some time – when factoring in testing, development, and distribution, to get full coverage it will likely take from a year to eighteen months.
During that time, it’s likely that the world economy will take a considerable hit as a result of increased consumer caution under social distancing measures.
Goldman Sachs recently forecasted that there
would be a 6.2% decline in US GDP as a result
of the outbreak, the biggest drop since the
Experts state that this won’t mean two years
of continuous lockdown – it’ll be more like several burst-like periods of social distancing.
The legacy of COVID-19 is likely to linger over the world for years to come, with millions of people losing friends and family members as a result of the disease – though the legacy will be considerably less morbid under this method than under an attempt at herd immunity.
Just when and how exactly COVID-19 will end
though, depends on two factors scientists don’t fully understand just yet: the virus’ seasonality and duration of immunity.
Many Coronaviruses, such as the flu and common cold, are seasonal – meaning they have a tendency to abate during the summer months.
Whether or not the same applies to COVID-19
will make a huge difference.
The same can be said for duration of immunity
– meaning how long a person retains the
antibodies for natural immunity after first
Because the seasonal flu and common cold mutate so frequently, the duration of immunity is relatively low – typically less than a year.
which was more severe and deadly, had a considerably longer duration of immunity.
If we as a species are lucky, COVID-19 will
have a duration of immunity more like SARS
than the common cold, but for now, we can only wait for scientists to collect the appropriate data.
In the end, the COVID-19 virus will only be
defeated by outlasting it and attempting to
minimize the damage it can do to people and
society in the meantime.
There’s no magic silver bullet to solve this situation – only conscientious and responsible personal choices, mixed with sensible government policy and vaccine development.
When the COVID-19 problem finally subsides,
most likely in either late 2021 or early 2022,
we’ll probably have to deal with a barrage of secondary problems – from a shattered or transformed economy to an international pandemic of mental health disorders like PTSD.
But for now, while solutions are still being developed by world governments, it’s probably
smartest for you to focus on keeping yourself
Remember: To keep you and others safe from COVID-19, your best bet is to socially isolate yourself and maintain good hygiene.
The rest, we’re sad to admit, is out of your hands.
Want to remain informed about all things pandemic?
Go check out “Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) Website”
and “The 3 things Coronavirus Does Not Like”
Stay informed, stay safe, and stay isolated. you
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Staying away from other people might not sound too bad to some of you.
But over time, it can have some pretty negative effects on your health.
Not only can it increase your risk of depression, but it can also lead to heart disease, dementia, and death.
The good news is that a lot of these negative effects can be reduced through social contact with others.
No, this doesn’t mean secretly meeting up with people.
It means embracing all the forms of
digital communication we have at our fingertips.
The internet allows us to stay in touch with,
and see the faces of loved ones that we can’t meet up with in person.
If social distancing became law, these sorts of online interactions would be important to our
physical and mental health.
For example, during stressful times like these,
our heartbeat slows down when we have a friend with us.
It’s not as easy to understand nonverbal behavior such as body language, facial expressions, and gestures during electronic meetings.
Plus, maintaining existing relationships
online might be easy,
Dating while social distancing might sound impossible, but it just means you’d have to put
the physical stuff on hold, until you think they’re worth getting quarantined for, that is.
This might slow down the pace of dating, which has been accelerated through the use of dating apps.
No more talking for a day, meeting up,
and moving on.
Now you’ll be forced to take your time with potential partners, and have the patience to get to know each other on a deeper level.
Maybe this would result in a more meaningful relationship, if you’re ever allowed to leave the house again.
But enough about you.
For one thing, some countries would impose
fines and even prison time for people breaking social distancing.
During the 2020 pandemic, people in Nova Scotia, Canada could be fined up to $1,000 per day for being in gatherings of more than five people.
Because of rules like this, companies would have to get creative with their operations,
especially businesses like restaurants and gyms.
Restaurants could transform into primarily
drive-through and delivery businesses,
but gyms would probably have a bigger
struggle trying to survive.
Sure, they could offer online workouts, but that wouldn’t replicate the equipment and resources that their physical locations once offered.
Instead, people might start to get their physical activity through more solitary activities like hiking and surfing.
But there would have to be strict regulations on how many people could be at a specific spot at the same time.
On The Bright Side
with all these new regulations to enforce, a lot of new jobs will be created.
It would start with guards being employed to make sure people keep their distance, but in the long term these new jobs could come from developing new technology to track everyone.
And that’s where this whole thing takes a real dystopian turn.
Governments could use facial recognition technology to make sure that you and everyone else sticks to the rules.
Cell phones could even be used to set off a blaring alarm every time you got within 1 m (3 ft) of another person.
Eventually, you could see our society divided into different shifts, to keep large amounts of
people from gathering at once.
Just like shift work, a “shift society” would mean that only people from certain parts of the city would be allowed to enter specific places during set hours, or on specific days.
Some people might work at the office on Monday and Wednesday, and others on Tuesday and Thursday.
With all this isolation,
people would start to develop agorophobia.
This is essentially a fear of other people, and of leaving your home.
Maybe this could lead to the construction of virtual reality worlds, where everything is simulated.
These worlds could be so realistic that you’d lose sight of what’s real and what’s pretend.