And perhaps some local lessons to be learned as well....
Central Park shows just how over-fearful of coronavirus we’ve become, HEATHER MAC DONALD 4/28
To grasp the urgency of lifting the shutdowns, visit Central Park. At
5:45 am, maybe 100 runners and cyclists occupy it, spread over 843
acres. A large portion of these early-bird exercisers wear masks. if you
yourself run towards an oncoming runner on a vector that will keep you
at least three yards away, he will lunge sideways in terror if your
face isn’t covered. The masked cyclists apparently think there are
enough virus particles suspended in the billions of square feet of fresh
air circulating across the park to enter their mucous membranes and
These are delusional beliefs, yet they illustrate the severity of the paranoia that has infected the population, reinforced by the lockdown itself.
An increasing number of Americans want to continue the economic
quarantine indefinitely lest they be “unsafe,” according to polls, a
belief whose strength will make it that much harder to restore some
semblance of economic normalcy.
It’s worth briefly reviewing the facts about outdoor viral
transmission in order to assess the rationality of New York’s park
users. The chance of getting infected across a wide open, windswept
space is virtually nil, even if the imaginary carrier weren’t moving
quickly past his potential victim. When it comes to viral infections,
dose matters. Proximity to the carrier, prolonged exposure and being in
an enclosed space are the biggest risk factors.
Even The New York Times, one of the most aggressive purveyors of
virus hysteria, couldn’t avoid acknowledging this commonsensical truth
about outdoor transmission. The director of Australia’s International
Laboratory for Air Quality and Health told the paper: “Outdoors is safe,
and there is certainly no cloud of virus-laden droplets hanging
Two days later, the Times, back on its crusade to terrorize the
citizenry, ran a full page of infographics under the headline: “Social
Distancing: Why Six Feet?” A series of drawings showed the progression
of pestilence emitted from a cougher across the six feet separating him
from his unsuspecting victim. You had to read the fine print to learn that this simulation was being run in a hypothetical room of 600 square feet.
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OUR ANCESTORS WOULD BE AMAZED AT OUR HYSTERIA
the highest respect for, and would never intend to denigrate, the tremendous
fortitude of frontline medical workers, especially those in the hot spots. Nor
do I mean to dismiss the grief and pain so many thousands of families are
enduring, some of whom have lost multiple relatives to the disease. As a public
health concern, our pandemic is significant.
What I am
talking about is the general fear that so quickly and easily overtook our
politicians, media, and then citizens at large, resulting in an overreaction of
total lockdown and now, presumably, a permanent health emergency. All of this
led to the unnecessary wrecking of the economy and need for trillions of
dollars in government funding — and all of this for a virus with an infection
fatality rate that is probably
under 1 percent." READ MORE AT https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/06/our-ancestors-would-be-amazed-at-our-cowardly-coronavirus-hysteria/
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