Not Much to Work With—But That Doesn’t Stop “Public Health Officers”

I remain baffled as to why anyone fearfully cowers at a “spike” in a virus that kills 4% of its victims (and that when said victims amount to only one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population).  Cowering in fear of another lockdown—that I understand. N.B.: such tyranny is why the Founding Fathers added the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Nonetheless, Santa Clara County in Northern California and its “health officer,” Dr. Sara Cody, struggle heroically to gin up fear with COVID19’s minuscule numbers. 

As California “rolls back reopenings,” Santa Clara “is … allowing hair and nail salons, massage parlors and gyms to reopen starting Monday, with some strict new requirements … such as prohibiting the indoor use of cardio machines, such as treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes and other equipment that induces heavy breathing or an elevated heart rate.”

The serf who sent me this article observes,

Win-win for everybody, right?

  1. The gyms get to declare themselves “open,” and collect membership dues from their patrons, with guaranteed zero maintenance or operating expenses on the (electrically powered) machines.
  2. Less electricity use means less “global warming”…
  3. Dr. Sara gets to throw her cardiologist colleagues some future business, due to all those unable to keep fit. Maybe some future opportunities for “medical weight loss” clinics as well.

4% of 1/10 of 1%. Math has never been my forte, but even I can understand that the possibility of a fatal brush with C-virus is embarrassingly small.

I figure we’re at roughly the stage our forbears were in 1773 or 1774, after the Boston Massacre in 1770 but not yet ready to return fire a la Lexington and Concord in 1775. Burning of tyrants in effigy was popular then; I’ll bet likenesses of ol’ Cody and Nuisance—sorry, Newsome would make a couple of unforgettable bonfires.

Or hang ’em, as patriots in Kentucky did with a representation of Fuhrer Beshear.

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11:53 am on July 14, 2020

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