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Is the new professionalism and ACP's new ethics really just about following guidelines?

The Charter ( Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium.A Physician's Charter) did not deal with just the important relationship of ...

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Has the issue of keep closed longer or open up quicker now a political non-debate?

The following is a quote from a commenter named Handle on Arnold Kling's blog from 4/25/2020 entitled Henderson-Wolfers Non-Debate.

"One of the most terrible things than can happen in our society is that some important and formerly neutral questions becomes politicized and the position one espouses become a strong signal of affiliation to a particular team....once there is a party line on the matter thinking ends all together."

Two  examples-Several members of the Republican party appear in Congress not wearing masks
presumably to make a point. ER Nurses stage a counter protest against a open things up protest,shouting matches break out.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Should Runners,walkers,cyclists beware the Coronavirus slipstream

The slipstream is the zone behind a person moving (walking, running,etc) which pulls the air along with the person.In the racing world it is known as drafting.

A recent news article about a study done by Belgian engineers has gone a bit viral itself.The wave of air flowing carrying respiratory droplets or drops  in the wake of a runners goes behind him   for distances greater than the magic 6 feet that we are admonished to respect as regards proximity to other humans in the world or preventive social distancing. At least the animations released by the researchers give that impression as do their data which at this writing has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal.

See here for details.

If their  animations reflect the actual path  of exhaled particles,one might decide that even when you are out for a run to wear a mask at least some of the time.

See here for some questions and answers from one of the authors of the paper.

My personal take home is that when a runner passes me I should move to the side to avoid potential particles in his slipstream and ( with an abundance of caution) pull my mask up until the passer is 20 to 30 thirty feet  away. In the increasingly unlikely instance in which I actually overtake a runner and pass her I should move to the side and keep to the side to keep the passed person out of my slipstream.

Perhaps the equivalent of "My mask protects you,your mask protects me" for runners could be
"I'll keep you out of my slipscreen,you keep me out of yours"

According to the authors data a cyclist should stay 60 feet directly behind the bike in front or keep off to the side. Also they suggest that 16 feet behind a walker and 32 feet behind a runner to be approximations of the "aerodynamically equivalent social distance" which is six feet for stationary people.