Below is a link to a thoughtful opinion piece that ran in the New York Times. Frankly, I was shocked they ran it. Maybe folks are starting to wake up to our world. Please read and respond on the NYT site. Point of note: the URL is usually the first headline. When you change a headline after "publishing," the URL remains the same. Happens here too. Check it out: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/12/briefing/trump-covid-chick-corea-olympics-president.html
Covid testing as exercise
In a public health emergency, absolutism is a very tempting response: People should cease all behavior that creates additional risk.
That instinct led to calls for gay men to stop having sex during the AIDS crisis. It has also spurred campaigns for teen abstinence, to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies. And to fight obesity, people have been drawn to fads like the elimination of trans fats or carbohydrates.
These days, there is a new absolutist health fad: the discouragement — or even prohibition — of any behavior that seems to increase the risk of coronavirus infection, even minutely.
People continue to scream at joggers, walkers and cyclists who are not wearing masks. The University of California, Berkeley, this week banned outdoor exercise by on-campus students, masked or not, saying, “The risk is real.” The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned outdoor walks. It encouraged students to get exercise by “accessing food and participating in twice-weekly Covid testing.”
A related trend is “hygiene theater,” as Derek Thompson of The Atlantic described it: The New York City subway system closes every night, for example, so that workers can perform a deep cleaning. Read the full article HERE.