Wearing a mask might not be particularly helpful, but it is still better than nothing. There is no proof that face masks can effectively protect from viral infections, but they can in some instances catch germs before they enter your mouth or nose. Even more importantly, they prevent people from touching their mouth or nose with their hands.
Wash your hands
Washing hands is probably the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from viruses. WHO recommends an alcohol-based disinfectant for hand washing, however simple water and soap will also remove more than 90 percent of all germs on your hands. Just make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, especially between the fingers and for at least 20 seconds.
When coughing and sneezing
When coughing and sneezing always raise your elbow and cover your mouth and nose. If you have a tissue or a paper on you, you can use it but remember to throw it away afterward and wash your hands.
Avoid close contact
Obviously try avoiding close contact with people suffering from fever and cough. If you need to get in touch with sick people, take every precaution.
You have a fever? Go to the doctor, not on a trip!
If you have fever and a cough, seek medical attention as soon as you can. Avoid public places so as not to infect others. If you have traveled abroad recently, make sure to tell your doctor.
Stay away from live animals
If you are visiting or living in China, make sure to avoid visiting livestock and green markets, especially in areas where there are currently cases of the new coronavirus. It is also probably smart to avoid direct unprotected contact with any animals in these areas. This also includes any surfaces that come in contact with animals.
Well heat-treated cooking
Cook, roast or fry meat thoroughly. Avoid consuming raw or insufficiently heat-treated animal products. Raw meat, milk or animal organs from the areas affected by the coronavirus could all potential carry the virus.
When considering your characters’ motivations, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a great place to start. If your character lacks any one of the elements in the hierarchy, they’ll likely harbor dissatisfaction in their lives. And remember, dissatisfaction is often the root of motivation.
Every year, Americans recognize February as Black History Month. The month is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of African Americans and celebrating the role they have played in the history of the United States.
The Origins of Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as National African American Month, has been recognized by all U.S. Presidents since 1976. Canada also recognizes Black History Month each February, while countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands celebrate in October.
In the United States, Black History Month traces its start back to 1915, The organization that is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History was founded by historian Carter Woodson and minister Jesse Moorland.
Just over a decade later, the first Negro History Week was observed in 1926. The second week of February was chosen for the observance in honor of the birthdays of two men who played a substantial role in ensuring the rights and freedoms of African Americans, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.
This first event gave birth to what we now know as Black History Month. In 1976, Gerald Ford became the first president to officially proclaim the February observance. Every U.S. president since has followed suit. Each year, the achievements of African Americans are recognized with a designated theme. The theme for 2018 is African Americans in Times of War.
Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with these ideas:
Learn about the contributions African Americans have made in American history and society. Choose one African American to study in-depth.