Four Things for Friday

Friday, June 9th 2023

Four Things for Friday
My ugly mug in the middle of an air quality rating of 398....

Good morning and happy Friday! If you're in the Northeast, I sincerely hope your air quality is improving- I did not do well Wednesday and Thursday, succumbing to fits of hacking coughs, especially much of the day Wednesday when I went outside without a mask. I learned my lesson quickly, and was air-purified and masked during the worst of it Thursday. I was finally able to rest a good bit last night, but I'm now more empathetic to my west coast friends who deal with this on the regular!

A formatting note, I figured out how to have headings be external links on this platform, so instead of the old "give it a read here" links at the end of a paragraph, you can now simply click the headline.

Get Phones Out of School Now

This article from The Atlantic has a lot in it about the negative consequences of cell phones, particularly in education, but it also touches upon the theme that social media in general may be causing isolation and disrupting how we form social bonds. The irony isn't lost on me that I read the article on a phone, but it still is worth considering how we can reduce our dependence on the little computers in our hands.

Social Media and Duct Tape DIY Air Purifier

I admit, yesterday I was one of the people desperate to figure out how to improve my indoor air quality. I, too, stumbled upon the Corsi box concept. What I like from this is that it reminded me of the positives social media can bring in a crisis. As we look to train the next generation of bystanders and first responders, we should take notes of what's working. Simple instructables, a 1-page illustrated step-by-step guide, and something 3-minuteminute recruiting video set to your favorite song.

Only 50% of Athletes Recognize SCA

This was a bit surprising, but in the wake of the Damar Hamlin resuscitation I would have expected this to be a bit higher. What is also concerning is that it's not only recognition, but it's overall "concern" about sudden cardiac arrest during play.

Therefore, only in 7% of sports-related sudden cardiac arrest cases involving CPR was a lay-responder athlete involved.

The article continues and advocates for something I think would be great this upcoming summer camp season, "CPR" drills to train athletes what to do if they see their teammates collapse. Let's make this happen.

Open Letter to the Editor of NPR

Finally, this response from one of last week's stories (an NPR feature that said death may be preferable to CPR) from Richard Shok was extremely well done. I'm happy to see the community, including survivors, responders, educators, and researchers, responded quickly to this obviously well-intentioned but poorly planned article. Give it a read, it summed up all the issues there nicely!

That's all for this week, see you Monday, and just a reminder again the following week (17th-24th) won't have any posts + a delayed feature will be released the following week, as I'll be enjoying summer (hopefully smoke-free) vacation!