Understand the Science Phenomena
Behind the Safety Protocols
When we explore the science phenomena behind the guidelines, it often helps us to understand why they are so important to follow. We can see the evidence behind why we need to practice the protocols consistently to protect ourselves, each other, and our communities. We are all in this together. Let's find out how together we can flatten the curve.
Mauli Ola Guide Part 3
What if there were ways to lower risks?
Although at times like these, we might feel like the best direction to go is to keep the realities of what's happening outside of our classrooms, if we want to save lives, if we want to prevent the spread, continuing traditional practices of high connectivity and awareness with the world around us is the best plan of action. (See Total Sense of Well Being Mauli Ola Guide 2 on historical connections.) Dr. Leana Wen CNN Medical Analyst: Wearing a mask compared to not wearing one will reduce transmission as much as 5 times. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), if we all wear masks from now until the end of the year, we can 100,000 lives.... It's a show a respect for one another, and it also saves lives."
This model shows the differences in daily lives saved based on universal mask wearing, current projections, and what will happen in red with mandates easing.
Thus, it is important for educators to support their apprentice navigators--their students in preparing them to lead their families and communities towards standing steadfast, in carrying a sense of kuleana, responsibility in maintaining safety protocols that include wearing masks, and staying vigilant about limiting human contacts.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) website:
Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Empowered
Would you sail across the sea without first learning now to navigate across it? Would you go hiking without first preparing everything you needed to be safe, and check the weather forecast? When we come into situations like this preparation is key. When we are armed with knowledge, when we know what we will be up against, when we have gotten everything ready in preparation, we will not only help ourselves, but we can a`o aku, a`o mai--we can pass it on. A e pupukahi e holomua.
`Ōlelo No`eau Showing the Value of Being Aware, of Knowing
Why is there a concern over in class learning and reopening our state to continental and international travel? Why does being informed matter?
1) Asymptomatic Spread
Asymptomatic Cases on Diamond Princess
If you remember the Diamond Princess. They started with few cases. They did the tests only to those [who] were symptomatic. So you develop a symptom, you test positive, you were taken out of the ship.
But day by day, cases, if you remember, they increased up to more than 700. So in this way, they couldn't stop the disease. That couldn't stop the disease in spite of the fact that they were isolated, they were kind of quarantined. And the reason why they couldn't stop it is because the ship was full of asymptomatic people that [were] spreading the virus.
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Rise Again In The US
Interview with Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University
Actually the spread is driven by asymptomatic individuals. If you are symptomatic you shouldn’t be going out and interacting with others. The reason why the spread is occurring is because of asymptomatic people who don’t know that they have the infection and thus, are spreading it. And so the fact that these guidelines were changed has caused mass confusion. The CDC has always been the premiere public health institution. They’ve upheld the highest standards of scientific rigor and integrity. And now the work of the excellent scientists there is being challenged and undermined and I worry that this could have lasting damage. Really the worst time this could happened is in the middle of this global pandemic.”
(WBUR Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Rise Again In The US This segment aired on September 18, 2020.
Interviewer: What is the cost of not testing asymptomatic people?
Dr. Leana Wen: When those guidelines came out from the CDC so many of us public health experts said, “What is going on?” I mean it is not as though new research was done and it just does not make any sense that we should not be testing asymptomatic individuals.
Coronavirus is Not the Flu, It's Worse
How does R 0
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You can make a difference...
Your choices, your behaviors, diligently practicing these safety protocols can lower the infection rate=Being Proactive
View video on the right to find out...
Animated Examples of the Spread
Great video to get the discourse, the conversations around different ways that COVID19 can spread. Students can enter into the chat each way that is depicted.
Proactively Mitigate "Twin-demic"
Normal Flu Seasons Impacts + COVID19 Impacts
CNN The CDC Issues Warning for the Fall
CNN Article and Video:. Read/Listen to CDC's Dr. Robert Redfields warning... By Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy
(CNN) "A top federal health official is issuing a dire warning: Follow recommended coronavirus measures or risk having the worst fall in US public health history."
"For your country right now and for the war that we're in against Covid, I'm asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds," said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"I'm not asking some of America to do it," he told WebMD. "We all gotta do it."
Rushing Reopening Could Have Devastating Consequences, Dr. Fauci says
(CNN)The United States needs to get control of Covid-19 and carefully reopen the country, or the consequences could be devastating, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.
"To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it's not gonna happen," Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, told actor Matthew McConaughey in an interview on Instagram.
"It's just not gonna happen. You gotta do both. You gotta get control of the biologic as you carefully open the country."
Fauci emphasized the importance of acting in a measured, prudent way. He noted that Americans have seen the consequences of jumping over the guideposts that have been established for safe reopening.
He said it goes beyond the financial aspects and that what happens it could be devastating psychologically and medically
How can we be informed so that we can proactively work towards reducing risk of spread and reducing the infectiousness of this coronavirus?
Ka `Imi Na`auao: Illuminating the Path Through Knowlege
Try these interactive activities to develop heightened awareness of how our behaviors impact our 'ohana, our communities.
Self: Personal Pale Practices for Protecting
One's `Ohana & Kaiaulu/Community
Community/ Kaiaulu Connections
Contact Tracing Math
Physical Distancing in the Classroom
Diffusion & Aerosols
New York Times How the Virus Got Out
View: The New York Times Interactive. Allows you to watch the virus spreading and growing.
How the Virus Got Out
"The most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough. We analyzed the movements of hundreds of millions of people to show why."
Must see interactive
"The cases shown in each world city include those in the broader metropolitan area or region and include patients who were transferred and treated there."
Mask Myths Debunked
PBS Video There are so many math myths floating around out there. This PBS video uses science to debunk them. Many mini-science phenomena lessons can be created by deconstructing this video.
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