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I agree with @seawriter: end the lockdown. Although I’m not a young man, I’m not in the age group for which the novel coronavirus is a serious threat. But I (lucky me) have some of the comorbidities that put me in the high-risk category.
- High blood pressure? Check.
- Type II Diabetes? Check. Well, actually I dieted my way out of diabetes and have slid back into “pre-diabetic” status. Still, I’m counting it. (Thanks US Government food pyramid, which I followed rigorously! Thanks for establishing dietary guidelines that almost guarantee diabetes. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure that’s just a one-off. I so trust your virus guidelines)
- I am obese, at least according to the US Government (junk science) standard of the Body Mass Index (BMI). Of course, I’m in good company; by BMI standards, every professional athlete in the NFL, NBA, and MLB is either obese or morbidly obese. This (junk science) means of calculating–what? Weight health? Health by pound?–doesn’t take body composition into account. Great standard to use, there, USG. Between your (junk science) BMI and your food pyramid, you’re about batting 1,000, aren’t you? So willing to let you turn my life on and off (Clap on, clap off!) with your guidance, direction, and determination.
According to US Government (CDC) standards, I am at a high risk of dying if I get the ‘Rona.
Don’t care, open it up. Open it with fanfare and parades and pipers piping. Hardpoint our vulnerable populations. Then let’s get on with life.
Let me tell you how fervently I believe we need to end the lockdown: I went to work yesterday (yay!) and had a long talk with a brother about whether we should shutdown the lockdown. He was skeptical about the whole way we are doing business (with shutdown shenanigans) but, as to a full reopening, he honestly stated “I’m not there, yet.”
Then he asked me, maybe it was supposed to be a “gotcha” question, “Would you go to a gym, right now?”
Brother, I’d go to a dojo right now and do some close grappling for two hours with 20 total strangers.
Open. Up.Published in