Saturday, April 17, 2021

COVID-19 and Outdoor Recreation: More Evidence It’s Safe and Beneficial to Exercise; Dr. Fauci, Rep. Jordan clash on post-COVID reopening, and other C-Virus Updates

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COVID-19 and Outdoor Recreation: More Evidence It’s Safe and Beneficial to Exercise:
Earlier this month, I wrote about one of the many perversities of coronavirus-lockdown logic: namely, how so much public-health messaging discouraged not just indoor exercise (an understandable step early on, when coronavirus mysteries still abounded) but also many forms of outdoor recreation, resulting in many people gaining weight. This, in turn, made them more susceptible to serious bouts of coronavirus, as being overweight has proved to be a powerful coronavirus comorbidity. I therefore called for people to start exercising again, as not only is being outdoors safer than people had been led to believe, but also being physically fit is a way to strengthen oneself against affliction.
Over the past week, more evidence has emerged, in “mainstream” publications, to support my assertions. First, in the Washington Post on April 13 came proof that outdoor transmission of coronavirus is indeed quite rare. From, “A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside“:
. . . many scientists and public health experts . . . say that the outdoor spaces now warming under spring sun should be viewed as havens in the battle against a stubborn virus and restriction-induced fatigue. For more than a year, the vast majority of documented coronavirus clusters have been linked to indoor or indoor-outdoor settings — households, meatpacking plants, nursing homes and restaurants. Near-absent are examples of transmission at beaches and other open spaces where breezes disperse airborne particles, distancing is easier, and humidity and sunlight render the coronavirus less viable. --->READ MORE HERE
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Dr. Fauci, Rep. Jordan clash on post-COVID reopening:
Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan blasted infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Thursday hearing for refusing to provide a specific answer on when America can begin a return to normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tense exchange came during a Capitol Hill hearing of the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee, also attended by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“When is the time?” asked Jordan, beginning his allotted five minutes to question the witnesses. “In your written statement, you say, ‘Now is not the time to pull back on masking, physical distancing and avoiding congregate settings.’
“When is the time? When do Americans get their freedom back?” --->READ MORE HERE
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