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Old 03-02-20, 09:01 PM
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Is it safe to ride with the Coronavirus going around?

Iím in California. Just wondering if cycling puts you at further risk for the coronavirus. If Iím riding in areas where thereís less people is that better?
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Old 03-02-20, 09:09 PM
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If you're in California, you're already in grave danger of cleaving off into the Pacific, at which point you will become a sovereign nation, and the rest of America will utter a collective sigh of relief. It is this large, concerted sigh which will be your downfall, as coronavirus will be exhaled in your general direction. If you happen to be breathing the day that the sigh arrives, do hold your breath and cover your mouth if you sneeze. (Because it's polite, even if you're not sick. Yet.) Cycling will have nothing to do with your demise, nor will the earthquake which hath thus cleft your from your American brethren. No, the doom will come from simply sinking into the ocean, as Californians cannot tread water forever, and the state is financially too broke to float a loan. (Oof.) So, ride on, youngblood, and bask in the sun.
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I donít even know what youíre saying
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
If you're in California, you're already in grave danger of cleaving off into the Pacific, at which point you will become a sovereign nation, and the rest of America will utter a collective sigh of relief. It is this large, concerted sigh which will be your downfall, as coronavirus will be exhaled in your general direction. If you happen to be breathing the day that the sigh arrives, do hold your breath and cover your mouth if you sneeze. (Because it's polite, even if you're not sick. Yet.) Cycling will have nothing to do with your demise, nor will the earthquake which hath thus cleft your from your American brethren. No, the doom will come from simply sinking into the ocean, as Californians cannot tread water forever, and the state is financially too broke to float a loan. (Oof.) So, ride on, youngblood, and bask in the sun.
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Old 03-02-20, 09:47 PM
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Just hold your breath
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Old 03-02-20, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
I’m in California. Just wondering if cycling puts you at further risk for the coronavirus. If I’m riding in areas where there’s less people is that better?
The fewer people you interact with, the fewer surfaces you touch that other people touch, the less air you breathe that other people exhale, the safer you are.

Also avoid shared plumbing. Seriously.

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Do you go to any stores? Do you eat out? If so, then you're already putting yourself at risk.

Ride more to improve your fitness so your body can fight it off easier.
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Old 03-02-20, 10:05 PM
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The Corona virus kills the old and people with underlying health problems (mostly having to do with breathing). If you are not old and you are in good health, you don't have much to fear from it. It is good for your lung health and general health to exercise so you are actually helping yourself survive an infection by staying in shape as you ride your bike.
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Old 03-02-20, 10:06 PM
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Good question

I actually think this is no joke. Good question.. it sure seems to me the more people you are around in a confined space the riskier. Example cruise ships. I can't comment about California as your population is high so if you happen to bike in a high density area ,, who knows??
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We've just seen already what will happen when it gets into a nursing home. It will probably be a similar situation in homeless shelters, schools, university dormitories, and other places where they pack people in, people are run down or sick, and there is in general poor sanitation. During the SARS outbreak they found that it also got spread from faulty plumbing, wherein human waste became aerosolized (a problem also with those industrial-strength flush public toilets).
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Originally Posted by DroppedChain View Post
The Corona virus kills the old and people with underlying health problems (mostly having to do with breathing). If you are not old and you are in good health, you don't have much to fear from it. It is good for your lung health and general health to exercise so you are actually helping yourself survive an infection by staying in shape as you ride your bike.

I get I might not die if I get the virus, but the issue is my spreading it to someone that does.
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Originally Posted by rossiny View Post
I actually think this is no joke. Good question.. it sure seems to me the more people you are around in a confined space the riskier. Example cruise ships. I can't comment about California as your population is high so if you happen to bike in a high density area ,, who knows??
what if Iím just around cars and just a biker here and there passing me by.
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
If you're in California, you're already in grave danger of cleaving off into the Pacific, at which point you will become a sovereign nation, and the rest of America will utter a collective sigh of relief. It is this large, concerted sigh which will be your downfall, as coronavirus will be exhaled in your general direction. If you happen to be breathing the day that the sigh arrives, do hold your breath and cover your mouth if you sneeze. (Because it's polite, even if you're not sick. Yet.) Cycling will have nothing to do with your demise, nor will the earthquake which hath thus cleft your from your American brethren. No, the doom will come from simply sinking into the ocean, as Californians cannot tread water forever, and the state is financially too broke to float a loan. (Oof.) So, ride on, youngblood, and bask in the sun.
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
what if Iím just around cars and just a biker here and there passing me by.
You'll be fine. The transmission properties are similar to the flu. If you are worried, bring some sanitizer for your hands (use soap, not alcohol baed). Unless someone sneezes droplets of virus on you, you have nothing to worry about. Chances are if they have a severe acute respiratory infection they aren't going to be out for a spirited ride.
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Old 03-02-20, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
what if Iím just around cars and just a biker here and there passing me by.
I am starting to wonder if you are serious here. If you think you can catch the virus from a car passing you...

Unless a cyclist sneezes or coughs on you, your odds of catching it from a passing cyclist is nil.
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
Iím in California. Just wondering if cycling puts you at further risk for the coronavirus. If Iím riding in areas where thereís less people is that better?
I do not think cycling puts you at risk but the gathering of people does. It is a nasty virus and precautions should be taken. All I know for certain is that if Eroica Cali is cancelled I will be pissed.
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we have over 100 cases, and people take this very seriously. i ride around with wearing facemask and eyeglasses absolutely...because i live in congested urban area. i cross paths with many different people on the cycle path. theres alot of pedestrians near the train stations, that is where i can pass by like a hundred people. but i think the odds are low while cycling...since you are outdoor. i would be more worry about being in enclossed space, like elevator or inside a small office...where air is recirculated.

they say the fatality rate is low, but they also say 20% get seriosuly ill...like it messes up your lungs...which may never heal completely. reduced lung capacity will effect cyclingperformance.

they also say the your own immune system destroys inside the lungs, while responding to the virus.

healthy people with strong immune system respond more aggressively to virus...and ironicaally cause more self inflicted damage to lung.

if you catch it, and chances are that you will pass it to your family.

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Far more people dying of drug overdoses each day than from the expensive beer coronavirus
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I am more concerned about distracted drivers around me than about coronavirus.
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
I get I might not die if I get the virus, but the issue is my spreading it to someone that does.

At this point, the only answers to that are pretty dissatisfying. Wash your hands and try not to cough on people. Right now, there's really no way of knowing how many are carrying the virus without symptoms. There hasn't been widespread enough testing to know that.

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I like where this thread is going.
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Honestly, I think the topic of how a pandemic is likely to affect riding and vice versa is a pretty good one, and it's a good idea to have a thread like this as the knowledge about the spread and effects of the virus grows, but do we really need a thread to debate California?

OP may not have framed the topic perfectly, but seriously quit trolling by bashing a state. Take to p&r if you want to talk about comparative tax rates.
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Originally Posted by rossiny View Post
it sure seems to me the more people you are around in a confined space the riskier.
So, the survivors are more likely to be antisocial misanthropes.

I will see you all on the other side of this crisis.
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You are least likely to be infected when riding.
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Unfortunately this thread turned political. Sad.


EDIT: Thread is reopened. Any further political posts will be met with an infraction, it's a shame we can't discuss anything without a couple individuals turning it political.
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