One of the first revelations about the Covid19 was that infected people who show no symptoms whatsoever were contagious simply by exhaling during the 14-day incubation period.  That is just one reason why Covid19 is three times more contagious than a seasonal flu, which kills anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 people in the United States each year.

So I find it ludicrous that people need to stay at least six feet from one another in public.  We already know the virus can survive in the air for up to three hours, so let’s say an infected person is shopping for groceries in an aisle, and then an hour later an uninfected person walks in the same aisle.  What’s the chance the second person inhales the same air that contains the virus?  I don’t know the answer, but I do know it’s not zero.

Right now, people in the Rogue Valley are flocking to known hiking trails en masse, mostly because they are out of work and feel the need to get out.  So we’ve got all these people hiking, huffing and puffing up maintained trails followed by others.  If there’s no wind, what they exhaled is inhaled by the next several hikers who are following them.  Are you beginning to get the picture?

I like the idea that grocery stores are allowing older residents to shop early before the younger folks are allowed in.  That makes sense, because the store has all night to allow any airborne viruses present to settle to the floor.  But one method for reducing viruses in the air has been overlooked, and that is the use of misters, which emit very fine mists of water into the indoor air.  The water mist attracts the virus and captures it, dragging it to floor level.

Anyway, my main point is that distancing yourself six feet from others is a fallacy if you think you won’t be infected.  What will work is if people stay home unless they have a serious and necessary need to purchase certain items, and that will prevent spread of the virus simply by elimination of the opportunity to spread.

Two weeks from now, we’re going to see a rash of Covid19 infections emerge among those young and immature idiots who insisted on going to Spring Break vacations.  I don’t have to tell you what goes on at Spring Break.  Kids are swapping spit with others they hardly know and the drinking completely wipes out good judgment.  If their parents were so stupid thay paid for their kids to go, they deserve to get infected themselves and probably will.


Carl F. Worden

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