The resistance to social distancing is growing. Fanned by right wing media who claim these public health measures are a democratic party/deep state plot, heavily armed insurgents are threatening a civil war. Meanwhile, many health experts are insisting on 6 months to a year of lockdowns...enforced by the lockdown police.
Trump is pretending to leave it up to the governors while tweeting encouragement to the rebels. " liberate Michigan!" He tweets. This is civil war.
Even a specialist in infectious disease like myself has to speak up: Our economy and our lives cannot be sustained over more months of this social distance and the terrible impact it is having.
Research has already made two significant discoveries about our bodies' capacity to survive this epidemic:
First, physical activity is essential for preserving lung health. In one research I read physical fitness makes the difference between a mild cold and...death in this epidemic.
Second, outdoor air and UV laden sunshine are also important for recovery.
Studies during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 revealed the patients treated in the open air survived much better than those in closed hospitals. Not only does the sun's UV radiation destroy the virus. The outdoor air is 5 times cleaner than indoor air on average.
And there's more. Besides advanced age, obesity and related issues like diabetes are one of the strongest factors leading to intubation...and death, from covid.
So what are Americans unable to visit, talk, or exercise, doing while locked down in their houses? Eating buckets of fried chicken? Slurping soft drinks? Or beer?
I'm sure it ain't brown rice and veggies!
So What are we doing on lockdown? Getting prepped to die. From a virus that feeds on the indolence of a society forced to become couch potatoes.
Don't be a victim. I must reluctantly join the Trumpites if this crazy policy of death prep keeps up much longer. I am already breaking the law to go hiking, climbing and practicing martial Arts in the forest. So I can stay alive. The rest of you? I'm truly sorry.
Listen to the experts. But listen to the wisdom of our ancestors as well. And we will survive this.
GET PREPARED FOR COVID NOW!
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