LETTER TO EDITOR: Closing parks and beaches ‘serves no purpose’
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I don’t get involved in political issues, but this is personal and directly affects anyone who loves the ocean and the bay. Mayor Faulconer has just ordered the closure of all City-run parks, beaches, trails, boardwalks, and bays.

This measure is overly broad and serves no purpose. People who go for a paddle in Mission Bay (or who launch from a city park or beach to paddle in the ocean) aren’t close to anyone and aren’t putting anyone at risk. The same is true of those who want to walk on the beach, surf, or bike or jog around the bay.

Gov. Newsom quite correctly included outdoor exercise as an exemption from his “stay at home” order. Outdoor exercise has been proven to boost the immune system and improve both physical and mental health. This order by the mayor’s office merely makes outdoor exercise less effective and more dangerous (because walkers and joggers will have to use city streets).

Heavy-handed, meat-cleaver actions like this aren’t addressing an existing problem. If large gatherings are the issue, then crackdown on large gatherings. I’ve been paddling on Mission Bay and going to the park in Bird Rock and other beach-side areas since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and there have been no gatherings of any sort on the bay nor on the boardwalk around the bay. People in the Bird Rock area are also being intelligent and avoiding clustering together.

This senseless and excessive restriction needs to be rescinded immediately. More sensible and selective measures can be implemented instead.

David Rearwin

San Diego

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March 26, 2020
I am appalled by the selfishness of the letter above. I would suggest the Mr. Rearwin read the "CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission" guidelines. It would make clear that these are not "heavy handed" measures, rather they are absolutely necessary for mitigation. Further Mr. Rearwin should be aware that an airborne pathogen such as Covid-19 can just as easily spread between people on land or paddling in the sea, worse, the virus can live for multiple hours as particulates in the air, nevermind on surfaces.

Stacy Cabrera
March 26, 2020
I too am appalled at the entitled, narcissistic tone of Mr. Rearwin's letter Dr. Bledsoh. Last weekend the beaches in La Jolla were packed with people not practicing social distancing. Obviously people cannot be trusted to do the right thing for the protection and safety of all which lead to the closure of beaches and parks. I'm not happy that my gym closed down, but I am making do with at-home workouts and walking in my neighborhood; practicing social distancing.
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March 25, 2020
This is helpful in its explanation between the Flu and COVID-19 ... It checks out with WHO and the best explanation I've read so far in its simplicity of a complex situation . The article gives an additional perspective as to how serious this is ...

from Ryan Beaumont who is a respiratory therapist in Nashville. It’s science folks ... not opinion ... the facts will set us free!

Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...

It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...

And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.

Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is not the answer.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on.
March 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020
Your citation about Henry VIII and the "Black Plague" is bogus. The Black Death (no such thing as the "Black Plague")occurred in England in 1348-1349. Henry VIII ruled from 1509-1547. You have just cut and pasted stuff floating around on the Internet. What else have you got wrong?
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