Silver Linings of Zoom Life

Days For Virtual Instruction

“The Mondays after Halloween & Thanksgiving Break are Zoom-Only days.

Mascot Battle

Students prefer Triton to Sunbirdgod, especially males

The Delta Variant reduced optimism of May/June

A majority support student orgs requiring vaccine passports for in-person events

Sleeping Pills & COVID19

We should probably give students a moment to get back into their pre-COVID circadian cycles before assigning anything heavy this Autumn.

Trends

- Female students are having more nightmares
- Sleeping pill utilization increased
- Students are going to bed later & waking up later

Sidenotes

Teachers’ Resistance to Illness

Immunologic Diversity & Teachers

(assume direct quotes)

Paul Fulbrook

1. Repeated Exposure to Several Pathogens

Several teachers’ health experiences show that, even though they’re exposed to pathogens daily, they overcome sickness more quickly because of their developed resilience.

Teachers’ constant exposure to pathogens strengthens their immune system due to the resilience they develop over time.

Moreover, many teachers report being prone to getting sick before they began teaching but rarely getting sick after.

2. Time for Developing Resistance

Teachers rarely develop immunity within a week in a particular school. It takes time for different people due to a myriad of factors. Some teachers say it only takes a year while others say it took them more than five years to stop getting sick regularly.

Sleep

While sleeping more won’t prevent you from getting sick, sleeping less leaves you vulnerable to sickness. Since your body systems won’t regenerate like they should during rest, the immune system is also affected.

Closing Thoughts

Teachers generally possess a better immune system than other professionals. The constant exposure to Pathogen-filled institutions helps their bodies battle diseases early to resist them in the future.

Why do teachers have a better immune system than other professionals?

A class full of children is a breeding ground for pathogens. Repeated exposure to similar pathogens helps teachers build a very strong immune response (although lifestyle and genetics play a role too).

Personality & Aversive Environments

Gupta et al., 2008: People walked significantly faster at -15 ºC (1.43 m/s) and 25 ºC (1.28 m/s) than at 15 ºC versus (1.23 m/s). People walk faster in aversive environments to find a preferable habitat as soon as possible.

Finnis & Walton, 2007 (N = 1327)

People walking on flat ground were significantly slower than those walking uphill (p < .001) or (the fastest scenario) downhill (p < .001). People walk faster to get out of aversive environments. For example, men shop faster than women because they’re trying to leave an aversive environment (Mary Graham, 2012; Eva Mahlangu & K. M. Makhitha, 2019; Kirgiz, 2014; Tifferet and Herstein, 2012).

Introversion & Extroversion

Marek Franek et al., 2014: “Extraversion was significantly associated with slower walking while listening to non-motivational music.”

Respondents from honor states felt that mask-wearing is a sign of weakness.

Culture qualified conservatives’ opposition to masks.

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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

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I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.