steve the grease wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:53 am
My own feeling is that 'self isolation' and 'social distancing' is not the same 'as lock yourself in the spare bedroom' at least as long as you don't actually have symptoms of the virus, but just want to keep out of harms way. If you go for a solo bike ride and stop in a layby with a flask and a butty instead of going to the 'owls nest' or 'west end cafe' then I don't see how that puts anyone at any risk. If you don't want to stop for fuel carry a spare can. If you actually have the virus then obviously it's different. It's all about managing risk.
I agree 100% with you Steve.
As it happens the behaviour you describe, in the 3 aspects, I have been doing myself for 3 years and more. Taking a flask on rides etc .. though mostly because I tend to be a bit antisocial and also to help pay for 2 bikes, a long financial struggle.
I must admit I do get the 3 advice mixed up, and have tended to think it all means locking myself in my little flat, which I been doing anyway since last year, due to weather. .. so my rage at being told to do more, when I am perfectly well.
Recently, having paid for one of my bikes ( and then swapped it for an Ebike lol ) I got more money and have been trying to make an effort to be more social.
Only to be told that I am now a yahoo hooligan menace for doing so! .. doh
Confession time : .. When I went on my recent solo ride to Elan Valley .. I .. er .. I .. ah .. stopped off at West End Café
yup … its true .. and I admit it
Further more ... I sat down at a public table (outside in the fresh air, in mitigation) .. asking the elderly lady if ok first .. then 2 elderly bikers joined us .. one 70, one 74 and me 71.5 (the .5 is important, apparently, as `nearly 72` is much older)
None of us gave a shit, and talked openly to each other , though at one point, after the others bragged about their flu jabs, when I proudly stated that `I never 'ad one in me life`, they did sit up a bit more uprightly in indignation and disapproval
My personal view .. which does not seem to be mainstream .. is that the news media in particular, and government, have a lot to answer for in spreading panic, where they admit the risk is actually minimal to healthy people under 70.
My personal view .. disagreed by most .. is to isolate the aged and vulnerable, and bring the epidemic to a quicker end by letting life roll on as before, giving resistance to those most able to gain it, through a stronger immune system.