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Old 04-01-20, 02:12 AM
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Staving off CV with cycling?

Nobody's asked this question have they?. The CV official forum seems almost inaccessible so I got a bit cheeky and put it here. To my knowledge, I'm not infected, but thinking ahead.
Great thing about bikes, particularly the short rides I do, means I can push a lot of air in and out o' those ageing lungs o' mine. Feels so good, and the roads are very free now. . . . what d'ya think? Any eveidence of this being the case?
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Originally Posted by peterws View Post
The CV official forum seems almost inaccessible so I got a bit cheeky and put it here.
It's right here. https://www.bikeforums.net/coronavirus-covid-19/

And, now your thread is there, as well.
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I found riding the bike helped keep it at bay. The day I didn't ride felt like a sock in my lungs. Still took over two weeks to get rid of it somewhat. I'm looking forward to when they start doing antibody testing.. those chills was beyond terrible.
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Originally Posted by peterws View Post
Nobody's asked this question have they?. The CV official forum seems almost inaccessible so I got a bit cheeky and put it here. To my knowledge, I'm not infected, but thinking ahead.
Great thing about bikes, particularly the short rides I do, means I can push a lot of air in and out o' those ageing lungs o' mine. Feels so good, and the roads are very free now. . . . what d'ya think? Any eveidence of this being the case?
I don't think there is any evidence that cycling helps or hurts. To try and assert that someone knows one way or the other would be irresponsible at this point IMO.
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
I don't think there is any evidence that cycling helps or hurts. To try and assert that someone knows one way or the other would be irresponsible at this point IMO.
Thought the voices of experience might count for something . . . . I can assess whether it's useful or not. So can you.
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Old 04-01-20, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
It's right here. https://www.bikeforums.net/coronavirus-covid-19/

And, now your thread is there, as well.
Thanks. You are a star . . . . I'm nott good on technicalities being a failed engineer . . .
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Doubtful as to whether it has any effect on whether you'll acquire the virus, and it's probably just speculation as to whether it will have any effect on if you'll get sick if you do, but I figure riding keeps me healthier overall, and the healthier I am, the more likely I am to fend off the virus if I catch it.

But for everyone's sake, if you do know you have it, stay home!
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Originally Posted by peterws View Post
Thought the voices of experience might count for something . . . . I can assess whether it's useful or not. So can you.
What "experience"? This is a new virus. No one has anything beyond anecdotal experience at this point. So I can save you some trouble: it's usefulness is between slim and none.
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
What "experience"? This is a new virus. No one has anything beyond anecdotal experience at this point. So I can save you some trouble: it's usefulness is between slim and none.
Still worth hearing folk's experience. Might turn out that cyclists have a better resistance through the increased ventilation of their lungs. But if you think it's of no importance, go get yerself a nice cup o' coffee instead.
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I found riding the bike helped keep it at bay. The day I didn't ride felt like a sock in my lungs. Still took over two weeks to get rid of it somewhat. I'm looking forward to when they start doing antibody testing.. those chills was beyond terrible.
Are you saying you rode on some days you had the virus or thought you had it?
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Are you saying you rode on some days you had the virus or thought you had it?
The days with chills and barely move no I didn't ride. The days of the cough I did ride, I think it lessen the cough faster compared to my coworkers.
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Possibly a relevant anecdote. About 8 years ago (2012), my daughter got a bad cough that then turned into pneumonia. Soon afterwards, my wife got the same cough that also turned into pneumonia. At the doctor's office with my wife, the M.D. said, "you get pneumonia as a secondary infection. Your cough inhibits you from breathing deeply, so the deeper parts of your lungs are not aerated. The anaerobic condition promotes secondary infections that lead to pneumonia."

Then I started coughing. I felt terrible, but twice a day I got on my bike and rode hard, forcing myself to breath hard, even though I was hacking up a storm as I went down the road. I did this each day. I did not get pneumonia.
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Old 04-02-20, 06:13 PM
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The days with chills and barely move no I didn't ride. The days of the cough I did ride, I think it lessen the cough faster compared to my coworkers.
You do realize you are supposed to self quarantine donít you? The evidence on sneezing and coughing is that the virus can be spread far and wide. I hope no one else follows your recommendation.
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You do realize you are supposed to self quarantine donít you? The evidence on sneezing and coughing is that the virus can be spread far and wide. I hope no one else follows your recommendation.
Uh that was back in December... If we knew then what we know now yes for sure. BUT if a person can ride away from people, which 100% doable, they should even today. But stay away from others at all cost.. if not get on the indoor trainer.
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Uh that was back in December... If we knew then what we know now yes for sure. BUT if a person can ride away from people, which 100% doable, they should even today. But stay away from others at all cost.. if not get on the indoor trainer.
Just curious, but do you know for certain that you actually contracted COVID-19 if it was back in December?
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Just curious, but do you know for certain that you actually contracted COVID-19 if it was back in December?
uh, ditto. Had you been to Wuhan immediately before? If not, it seems doubtful.
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Just curious, but do you know for certain that you actually contracted COVID-19 if it was back in December?
The symptoms and how it spread match to a "T". I can you tell who didn't show symptoms and who they spread it to. The number of cases at my workplace is at 3 and we have over 10k... there's a reason for that. I'll gladly take a antibody test and I know about 10 others. We have personnel that travel to China so December isn't a stretch.
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I seen so many folk wearing maskes and face coverings in Supermarkets I feel like coughing when i see 'em, prob. because I hold my breath; . . . .just SOO glad to get out of these places!
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I’m still riding BUT I’m in a rural area with no other cyclists. At this point I stay home and I won’t even go to the grocery store. I wouldn’t ride busy bike trails or in large cities or even a small town. Better to be overzealous than not. Too much is unknown....
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
It's right here. https://www.bikeforums.net/coronavirus-covid-19/

And, now your thread is there, as well.
FYI, it would be helpful to put a link to the new forum in the announcement. I had enough sense to go look at the list of forums, but not everybody does.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
FYI, it would be helpful to put a link to the new forum in the announcement. I had enough sense to go look at the list of forums, but not everybody does.
The announcement was made by corporate not the mod staff. However, I think this is a great idea and added a link to it. Thank you!
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heavy breathing blasts virus droplets into the air, and airborne droplets remain a hazard to others for up to 3 hours, so wear some sort of face covering when you ride (and not a N95, as they are hard to breathe through when exerting yourself). there are sports masks out there that permit a better flow when riding or running but don't have any to recommend. folks riding or walking before you might leave some floaters in the air, and if you are sick, be responsible and stay home and indoors. the life you save might be mine!
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