Let’s Meet Sonic Fan Games HQ and the ArtistsSonic Fan Games HQ has been around for years and is one of the largest resources for fan gaming around. Specializing in engines, sprites, music, gameplay, levels, gimmicks, and just about everything else, their community grows by the day! Additionally, every year since 2000, they have hosted the Sonic Amateur Games Expo. An online event for Sonic the Hedgehog fangame developers to chat online and to demonstrate finished and unfinished games they are developing. This year, they are taking their online event in a different direction! In response to the horrific conditions we are facing today, SFGHQ is hosting a live Charity Art Stream on their Youtube Channel with all proceeds going to Direct Relief, an organization established to aid in Coronavirus relief! On Saturday April 18th beginning at 8:30pm Eastern (7:30pm Central and 5:30pm Pacific), 4 artists will be coming together on stream to create custom doodles and drawings based on the requests of all donors! These artists include @kittzuniku, @Clark_Toons, @pics_pixels, and @Cp_Chan. For a small $5 donation any available artist will take your request and complete the drawing right then and there! Taking things a step further, for $15 they will allow you to request which artist you want specifically to bring your imagination to life! The requests do not need to be Sonic related or even gaming related, the only thing they ask is to keep all request appropriate for all audiences!!
What is the CoronavirusCoronavirus, aka COVID-19. We hear the name on every news channel nationwide, but many people still do not know exactly what it is. In short, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person. Since the first official US case of COVID-19 in January of this year, the number has skyrocketed into the hundreds of thousands! According to the CDC, “COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.” The most important thing is to watch for symptoms and take measures to protect not only yourself from others but others from you, as some people may never even know they are carrying the virus!
What to Look for and How to Stay SafeThe symptoms of COVID-19 can vary in severity from case to case. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the virus (being a respiratory illness) can lead to more serious complications ranging from pneumonia to multi-organ failure, and is some cases death. But don’t let this scare you, it is important to know the worsts so we can better prepare and protect ourselves! There are a number of things you can do to keep yourself protected and minimize your chances of contracting the virus. Similar to other respiratory illnesses, the CDC recommends the following precautionary steps:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- If possible, cover your mouth and nose area when in public with a protective cover/mask.