National Geographic explains that plagues are deadly and if a new plague were to hit, it could be completely drastic to our society. They speak about how the Black Death was the most famous of the plagues, and plagues are most commonly found in rodents and their fleas and when the fleas leave their rodents and latch onto a human it spreads plague. The most surprising thing I found was that plague still exists today and the last big outbreak was in 2003 and there are fears that plague bacteria possibly could be used for a bioterror attack if released in aerosol form.
Vicki Abeles explains that not only is stress hurting kids mentally, that it can also effect their physical health. She writes about how a seven hour school day, homework, and other after-school activities can really start to take their toll on you, and that toll can ensue physical pressure. She finishes off with how childhood stress can continue in with you throughout your life. _________________________________________________________________I choose this article to be second because when people think about the topic of illness, mental illness is not always the first thing that comes to mind. So after the last article about germs, this just digs a little more into the complicated world of disease.
Carolyn Steber explains that germs and disease can get into your system in more ways, if you don't wash your hands enough. Steber begins with how disgusting and harmful not washing your hands is and then moves on to tell you how it is passed. Washing your hands truly is the most important part of your everyday hygiene. _________________________________________________________________ I choose this article to read first in this particular text set because it gives information about how sickness is passed and the different types of hand passed illness. This ended up being a really good place to start for it had a lot of information that helped to build my background knowledge in the subject.