Look at the symptoms and characteristics of COVID-19 compared to pneumonia. Pneumonia especially kills adults 65 and older and children 5 and under. 250,000 will be hospitalized this year for pneumonia in the United States. Thousands will die. I know a little about pneumonia, I nearly died as a junior in high school back in 1968. We have come to “accept” pneumonia deaths of older folks as being common/almost natural death.
Now lets add the flu, we are still in flu season. How many “will” die from the flu? So, why the hysteria and so much attention over the coronavirus? Yes it will spread. The flu spread, may still be. Hell people die from the common cold. I get it though, they don’t know as much about the coronavirus! So they say. If symptoms are the same or similar it seems treatment would be similar. I don’t know enough to make definite statements. There are even a number of different coronavirus’, this one being COVID-19. So, I guess there is enough difference and unknowns …….that creates the greatest concern, which created the hysteria and panic. Don’t get me wrong, it is serious and needs to be treated as such……… but is it worse than pneumonia or flu? I know it sure spreads quickly. Is that it, is that what has made us bat crazy?
This is just another disease to add on to the pile to research. We really are not very good at coming up with cures. If we are, somebody would be receiving it, who are they? Researchers always say we’re making progress. Jerry Lewis was hoping to live long enough to see a cure or prevention to Muscular Dystrophy. We are still waiting. We might be good at making people more comfortable, but curing……….? We could use a little help from our alien friends in the galaxy.
We still don’t know everything there is to know about pneumonia or the flu, or the common cold for that matter. Apparently we know even less about COVID-19. Why have we never had the same concern about the other virus’ and bacterial diseases as this one? Just seems there is an underlying issue going on. I keep coming up with “control”.
I know this, we damn well better stop relying on getting so much of our medication from China. We have the capability here in the U.S. to provide for ourselves, be independent not dependent. And seriously, we are getting masks from China as well. Made in America is sounding much more secure to me.
See the link on pneumonia from the CDC below.
The above photo is from the Club Fitness location in St. Peters, Missouri, of which I am a member. The photo above was not taken during this virus season. It is empty because it is late at night, it’s the lower half of the gym and no one is using in this moment. It is not empty because of the virus. I guarantee you there are people using the upper half or it’s like 3:00 AM. This gym is always busy.
A public gym like this could most certainly be a breeding ground for the coronavirus, or the flu, or the common cold for that matter.
I use this gym 5-6 days a week. I go from anywhere between 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I have no set time……….. but usually use between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. During those hours it is quite busy. I have continued to go during this virus hysteria. To be honest, I think it is one of the safest, healthiest places for me to go right now. Why? They have hand cleaning /sanitizing stations located throughout the gym. There is a stand just feet away from most areas of the gym. Because the “vast” majority of the members using the gym are healthy, health and fitness types they take precautions. People using the gym equipment (which is pretty much everybody) are habitually wiping down the equipment after they use it. If we are not sure the previous user of a piece of equipment wiped it down, we’ll wipe it down ourselves before we use it. The members are very good at keeping it clean. Also, the Club Fitness staff are constantly wiping down counters, mopping the floors, keeping the sanitizing stands full of wipes and cleaning the equipment. At any and every moment someone from the staff is cleaning something in the facility. The cleaning and sanitizing NEVER ends. It has been this way from day one of my membership, which is about 1-1/2 years now.
I don’t see people that look ill using the gym. Never have. I know some of the older members have underlying health issues and they use the gym to improve their health, build stamina and strength. But, you don’t see people sneezing or going into cough hacking frenzies. Members are staying home if they are ill. I am sure people with slight colds still show up, but, they are wiping down, keeping their distance.
As I said in the beginning, if I want to get out of the house, the gym is a good place to go. If it stops raining any day now I’ll get outdoors more. I’ll take a walk/run in the park, some fishing and golf. The great outdoors with some sunshine is the place to be. Gets some vitamin C in you!