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Jonathan Toews On COVID-19

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing?” he asked rhetorically. “The best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, do the little things that lower your chances. What else can you do?

“Sitting around and worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy. The NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect, but everyone has their own beliefs in seeing where they stand with all this.”

Toews’ comments caused a stir on Twitter, with many fans pointing out studies indicating scientists actually have determined how COVID-19 is transmitted, and that social-distancing has proved effective in slowing that transmission.


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Toews followed, “...and that whole sky being blue thing, how does anyone know how that works?”

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/14/20 at 12:50 PM ET


I took the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing course online to be better informed,(note I am in no way a medical professional or public health specialist).

But much of it is common sense.

Wear a mask in public. Have one on hand - in your bag, in your car. You never know when a clueless person will approach you when can’t avoid it.Your mouth and especially nose are huge areas of transmission. So it’s important to have a good fit over both. Wear masks inside public places.

Wash your hands throughly with soap and
hot water for 20+ seconds. Use antiseptic wipes with alcohol or
isopropyl spray. Anti-bacterial soap is of no special value - it will not
kill a virus. Take off and wash your clothes ASAP if you’ve been out in public.

The virus can stay alive on surfaces like cardboard for up to 24 hrs. And metal and plastic and cloth for long periods, too. It’s smart to wipe down surfaces that have had exposure to other people in public and then wash or sanitize your hands. Do your best of course to avoid touching your face - especially eyes, mouth and nose.

Coughing, sneezing, shouting, laughing, talking in close proximity are obviously major ways the virus spreads. Staying at least six feet apart is important.

Ventilation is important. Outdoors is best. Open windows are better. Fans and filters help. Infection from micro particles lingering in the air comes from a combo of viral load (amount) and duration. That’s why 15 mins at or within 6 ft of another person can be a risk. As can 1-2 hours further away within an indoor space like a restaurant

Lots of people who have no symptoms or very mild symptoms or who are presymptomatic (one can be highly infectious to others during two days on average from infection to experiencing symptoms) are infecting others. Remember: it’s not just about whether you are willing to take the risk yourself Or whether your buddies are.. Exponential spread means you could catch it and unknowingly spread it to someone who spreads it to someone who infects their grandma or child or other person who has a serious risk factor to get very sick and even die. Let’s also respect all our front line workers who have to risk heavy public contact to earn a living.


Posted by lefty.30 on 07/14/20 at 02:24 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

JFC, its not about beliefs.  The virus does not give a damn about what you believe.

Lefty’s post should be stapled to Toews forehead.  Great info full of facts, not beliefs.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/14/20 at 03:06 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/14/20 at 02:24 PM ET

Thank you, Lefty. Now that there is more information out there on ways we can try to help slow the spread, I myself think to some extent we are our brothers keeper.  We really have to think before we act.  Many people do not give a first thought in regards to how one’s actions can affect so many more around them. I believe I am overly cautious, but, I do not want to be responsible for endangering another person’s health/life. My sister and bro-in-law, 65 plus, contracted Covid, and, he was asymptomatic. Only when my sister lost her sense of taste and smell did she become aware something was wrong, and they got tested. My sister is a retired nurse and knows how to protect others as well as herself, but they still contracted the virus. Fortunately, they did not become severely ill.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 07/15/20 at 05:03 PM ET

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