March 27, 2023

1,000,000 Individuals Livestream Joe Wicks On-Line 'PE lesson'

1000000 Individuals Livestream Joe Wicks On-Line ‘PE lesson’

A YouTube workout by the online fitness guru Joe Wicks has been live-streamed by more than a million people, as parents turn to alternative teaching methods to cope with their children not being able to attend school during the coronavirus outbreak.

Wicks, who was due to start a tour of schools to promote fitness and healthy living this week, decided to live stream a daily workout instead, saying he wanted to become “the PE teacher for the nation” as the coronavirus forces more children indoors.

About million
1,000,000 (one million), or one thousand thousand, is the natural number following 999,999 and preceding 1,000,001. The word is derived from the early Italian millions (millions in modern Italian), from a mile, “thousand”, plus the augmentative suffix -one.

It is commonly abbreviated as m (not to be confused with the metric prefix for 1×10−3) or M and MM (“thousand thousand”, from Latin “Mile”; not to be confused with the Roman numeral MM = 2,000), mm, or mn in financial contexts. IN scientific notation, it is written as 1×106 or 106. Physical quantities can also be expressed using the SI prefix mega (M) when dealing with SI units; for example, 1 megawatt (1 MW) equals 1,000,000 watts.

The meaning of the word “million” is common to the short-scale and long-scale numbering systems, unlike the larger numbers, which have different names in the two systems.
The million is sometimes used in the English language as a metaphor for a very large number, as in “Not in a million years” and “You’re one in a million”, or hyperbole, as in “I’ve walked a million miles” and “You’ve asked a million-dollar question”.

A million people Livestream Joe Wicks’s online ‘PE lesson’

About people
A people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation.

The former personal trainer said he had “never seen anything like” the support his workout received on Facebook, where it was shared more than 150,000 times, with support from school teachers who directed students to the stream as an alternative to PE lessons. Some schools also included links to the workout in-home curriculum documents emailed to parents.

Wicks said that with schools closed and people spending more time at home, the videos would encourage people to “keep moving and stay healthy and positive”.

A million people Livestream Joe Wicks’s online ‘PE lesson’

“Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energized, and more optimistic,” he said in a post on his website. “The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages, and even adults can get involved.”

Wicks, who started online fitness advice in 2014 and went on to produce a million-selling book series and a TV show, told the Telegraph: “When things started to get bad, I had lots of parents asking me how they could keep their children active while they were homeschooling, or if they were self-isolating. I started to feel quite emotional.”

The diverging approaches to school closures may stem from the considerable uncertainty around the extent to which children are playing a role in spreading Covid-19. Children make up a tiny minority of confirmed cases – fewer than 1% of positive tests in China were children under nine.
It is probable that a bigger pool is getting infected but only experiencing mild or no symptoms. Among those who have tested positive, nearly 6% developed a very serious illness, according to an assessment of 2,000 patients aged under 18 in Wuhan, with under-fives and babies being most at risk. A significant unknown is how infectious children are, assuming large numbers are getting infected.
Early evidence suggests that around 50% of transmission in the pandemic at large has involved asymptomatic people and children could be among this group. “It seems most plausible to me that they are being infected but are at low risk of developing the disease,” said Prof Peter Smith, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“We know that for flu, children are important transmitters of infection, which is the basis for the flu vaccination programmed directed at children, but we do not know yet how important they are as transmitters of coronavirus. So closing schools would be based on the assumption that they do make an important contribution to transmission.
“Rates of various illnesses are seen to rise and fall at the start and end of school terms. School holidays were thought to have led to a plateau in the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Also advised hygiene and social distancing measures, such as hand washing and reduced physical contact, just aren’t very effective in a primary school playground setting.
So there is the potential for schools to act as a local fountain of infection for the surrounding area.“Every mother and father know that when kids go back to school they’re going to get hammered by colds and flu and sore throats,” said Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia.
This uncertain science has to be carefully weighed against the certain disruption and cost of school closures, including taking large numbers of doctors and nurses out of the workplace, and unintended consequences such as grandparents, who are among the most vulnerable, taking on childcare and facing greater exposure.

Last week the BBC announced plans to “get older age group exercise routines and another fitness programming into people’s homes on TV or radio” as the outbreak meant many would be asked to self-isolate for weeks.

Wickes’s success, which was built on little more than a webcam and an established social media presence, shows the appetite that exists for online teaching, as parents struggle to keep children occupied at the start of what could be weeks indoors.

“If this takes just a bit of pressure off parents, and makes kids a little fitter and happier, and gives them some structure to their day, then I’ve achieved what I set out to do,” he said. “I think this might be one of the most meaningful things I’ll ever do in my life.”

Wicks said his free workouts would be very similar to the sessions that were planned as part of his school fitness tour, with a mix of HIIT (high-intensity interval training), involving exercises such as star jumps and squats. He said that the exercises were supposed to be easy, fun, and suitable for children as young as two right up to teenagers.

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