Wellness Wednesday – 11/11/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Scientists Conduct COVID-19 Concert Experiment to Assess Concert Risk
According to Pitchfork.com, a team of scientists conducted an experiment in the transmission of coronavirus at Quarterback Immobilien Area in Leipzig, Germany.
The study recruited 1,400 volunteers who were then pre-tested for COVID-19, had their temperatures taken, and were outfitted with a digital location tracker, masks and hand disinfectant laced with fluorescent dye. They were then asked to simulate different scenarios over the course of 10 hours with various levels of social distancing and safety measures.
The researchers found that the risk of spreading coronavirus at indoor concerts is “low to very low,” as long as concertgoers follow hygiene protocols and the venue has good ventilation and limits capacity.
The researchers found that ventilation is a particularly important variable in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, social distancing proved to be a significant factor in decreasing exposure to an infectious person’s aerosols.
Dr. Gabriel Scally — president of epidemiology and public health at the Royal Society of Medicine — said that he found the study’s results to be “potentially ‘useful,’” but warned that the environment may be difficult to replicate at normal events. Find the full study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, here.
How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger
A recent article from NPR.org describes the journey of Harvard graduate student Jean Briggs, who traveled above the Arctic Circle to live in the tundra for 17 months. During her time there, Briggs, 34, discovered the Inuit’s remarkable ability to control anger, even when their patience was put to the test.
According to the piece, the culture views scolding — or even speaking to children in an angry voice — as inappropriate. Traditionally, the Inuit saw yelling at a small child as demeaning, and doing so could be viewed as stooping to the level of the child.
When a child in the camp acts in anger, there was no punishment. Instead, the parent would act out what happened when the child misbehaved, including the real-life consequences of that behavior.
The article gives an example: If the child is hitting others, the mom may ask: “Why don’t you hit me?”
Then the child has to think: “What should I do?” If the child takes the bait and hits the mom, she doesn’t scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. “Ow, that hurts,” she might exclaim. The mom continues to emphasize the consequences by asking a follow-up question like “Don’t you like me?” or “Are you a baby?” This articulates that hitting is immature and hurts people’s feelings. All questions are asked with a hint of playfulness.
These lessons are meant to teach children to not be provoked easily. In a sense, this method of discipline acts as a chance for children to practice controlling their anger and rethink the consequences of their actions.
“Play is their work,” clinical psychologist Laura Markham explains. It is how the learn about the world, themselves and their experiences.
No Benefit to Big Breakfast
Contrary to popular belief, researchers at Johns Hopkins University say that the “big breakfast” diet doesn’t help people lose weight, StudyFinds.com reports.
Many have long thought that eating a larger meal for breakfast, then a little less at lunch time, and even fewer in the evening helps shed pounds. But the study of 41 overweight adults over 12 weeks reveals that squeezing most calories in early has no impact on weight loss.
The study compared a group that followed strict, time-restricted eating patters — limiting eating to specific hours of the day and consuming 80% of their calories before 1 p.m. — to a group that consumed half of their daily calories after 5 p.m.
All participants were given the same pre-prepared meals for the study. The study found that both groups lost weight regardless of when they ate.
The authors are now collecting more information on participants’ blood pressure over a full day. They’ll also compile that information with the results of a study on the effects of time-restricted feeding on blood sugar, insulin and other hormones.
“Together, these findings will help us to more fully understand the effects of time-restricted eating on cardiometabolic health,” concluded study co-author Dr. Nisa Maruthur, an associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and nursing at Hopkins.