|The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop|
‘It is hard to imagine a more timely book … much of the modern world will make more sense having read it.’ The Times
It’s a nice book for everyone.
We live in a world that’s more interconnected than ever before. Our lives are shaped by outbreaks – of disease, of misinformation, even of violence – that appear, spread, and fade away with bewildering speed.
To understand them, we need to learn the hidden laws that govern them. From ‘superspreaders’ who might spark a pandemic or bring down a financial system to the social dynamics that make loneliness catch on, The Rules of Contagion offers compelling insights into human behavior and explains how we can get better at predicting what happens next.
Along the way, Adam Kucharski explores how innovations spread through friendship networks, what links computer viruses with folk stories – and why the most useful predictions aren’t necessarily the ones that come true.
|Hans Helps: A Coronavirus/COVID-19 Story|
It follows a 6-year-old boy who helps protect his family from the coronavirus by following the “Healthy 7” habits.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Hans as he spends a day with his great-aunt where he creates art projects, plays outside and brings food to family members who live in isolation due to the pandemic.
He questions why he has to clean his hands so often, why his great-grandmother is wearing plastic gloves and why he must practice social distancing from his cousin, who isn’t old.
With an overarching theme of stopping the spread of the virus, Hans learns about the “Healthy 7” habits (Stay home, wash hands, drink water, eat healthy foods, exercise, be kind and get enough sleep) that will help keep his family safe. Throughout the story, he practices each of the habits and is finally able to complete them without reminders.
Though the book is a work of fiction, the author does have a great-nephew who spent a day with her; this book is based on that day. The photos in the book are of Hans, his real name, as he learned how to feel good, “Like a superhero.” about helping to stop the spread of the virus.
In a time when the entire world is struggling to stay healthy, Hans Helps: A Coronavirus/COVID-19 Story, empowers children to help their extended family stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic and long after it’s over.