[H]ere are the top five essential things you can do to avoid getting sick and, importantly, avoid infecting others. These critical tips are widely agreed upon by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health experts.
1. Wash your hands.
The best thing anyone could do right now to avoid swine flu, experts say, is to wash their hands. It sounds like a stupidly simple response to an overwhelming situation, but nearly compulsive hand-washing helps prevent the spread of this airborne respiratory disease. It's the droplets from coughing and sneezing that spread the disease. These get on our hands. And then everything we touch is infectious.
How you do it is important:
- Use warm or hot water if you can.
- Lather up and rub not just your fingers and palms but also under the fingernails, around the wrists and between the fingers for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
- Rinse well.
It is important to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom, but also after using a tissue or covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, sick or not. So yes, that's a lot of hand-washing. Basically, think of how often you would wash your hands if you worked in an emergency room or operating room. Wash your hands that often and that thoroughly.
2. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
"The way you spread influenza is with droplets that come out of your mouth or nose," said Dr. George T. DiFerdinando Jr., a physician, epidemiologist and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health. He recommends the classic shoulder or crook-of-the elbow sneeze.
Q: What is it about "Curious" that distinguishes itself from other books on fulfill-ment?
A: This is not a book about happiness… This is a book about living a life that matters with a broader view about what the "good life" entails… When you take a broad view of what matters, an important question remains that this entire book hinges on. What is the central ingredient to creating a fulfilling life? The answer is curiosity. Being curious is about appreciating and seeking out the new. It's about being flexible, recognizing the freshness of the familiar. Instead of trying desperately to explain and control our world, we embrace uncertainty. When we are open to new experiences, when we relish the unknown, positive events linger longer and we extract more pleasure and meaning from them. By acting on our curiosity, we explore and dis-cover new things about ourselves, other people, and the world… Without being curious and open to experiences, we stop growing as a person and lose our ability to capitalize on the rewards that life has to offer.
Q: You've lectured on well-being over the years and have assigned many exercises to stretch one's curiosity limit. What are some interesting findings in reading student responses?
A: People often take their friends, family, and romantic partners for granted. When we think we become experts about who they are, we stop paying attention. When I give people the exercise
17th annual conference of the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers will take place in Chicago June 11 - 14, 2009
WHAT: Lawyers, Judges, Law Professors and Students will learn how practicing holistically has been done with success AND satisfaction. Workshops will allow for exploration and development of their own 'voice' in these new models of practice.
WHY: The world is changing and the practice of law must transform itself to continue to contribute. People with problems now seek healing, not simply solutions. Holistic lawyering emphasizes peacemaking over prevailing.
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E. Grand St. Chicago, IL
WHEN: Conference - June 11, 6:00 p.m. through June 14, 3:00 p.m. PreConference Collaborative Law Training - June 10-11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
HOW: IAHL is gathering many of the luminaries who have taken the idea and ideals of law practice as a healing, holistic undertaking and put them into concrete application as, e.g., Collaborative Law, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Restorative Justice, Humanizing Legal Education and others. At this conference they will share that doing good and doing well can indeed coexist.
WHO: A major player in IAHL and in the efforts to transform the way law is viewed and practiced is author Steven Keeva who will be honored at the Saturday dinner on the 10th anniversary of the publication of his book Transforming Practices.
Law schools must retool legal education, the deans agreed, but exactly how still is not clear.
"You're producing a product that very few people want. Firms have hiring freezes. Why not stop producing the product -- or create new markets for what you're producing?" one lawyer challenged the deans. "You're like the auto manufacturers who produce a product for which there is no demand."
Matasar replied that some law schools likely will go out of business while those that survive will have to provide a legal education at a lower cost.
Shortening the time spent in law school would make it cheaper for students, which would mean firms could pay them a lower starting salary, Matasar pointed out, adding that in Europe, a legal education is an undergraduate degree.
Offering courses online and increasing credit for externships are two ways that law schools could offer degrees more quickly and cheaply, he said.
But Matasar said law schools are hamstrung by requirements of the American Bar Association,
Scott and I will be writing a description of the Retreat soon but I wanted anyone who might be interested to hold the date. You can contact me if you want to make sure you get the information as soon as it is available.