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Avalanche and Covid

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It's the US' deadliest avalanche season in years. Experts say Covid is partially to blame
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/us/avalanche-death-covid-trnd/index.html
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Probably lobbing a grenade into the room here, but I can totally believe it, and it’s one thing that really annoys me about this situation – all the risk assessments are based on COVID and nothing else. Anyone would think you couldn’t die of anything else at the moment, when for most people, especially those involved in mountain sports, there are an infinite number of hazards that have a much higher chance of causing death than corona.

All the avalanche training courses have been cancelled, but people new to touring still need these to help keep themselves and others safe. Sound familiar? It was the same when climbing restarted last summer and various bodies were advising people to do their buddy checks from x metres away, not really considering that the chances of catching corona outside on a windy rock is pretty slim anyway, and that your average scrawny climber is not in any risk groups, and that therefore they are likely to be a lot more dead from a fall from height than a disease that generally has little detrimental effect on a fit healthy person.

I guess everyone could stay at home and injure themselves falling off ladders instead, but then you end up with a fat, lazy population who dies from heart disease Confused I understand the need for pandemic restrictions, but sometime I think we also need a bit of perspective.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
“a fat, lazy population who dies from heart disease “...obesity, poor metabolic health and poor cardiovascular health being major risk factors for covid, on top of age...ironically, U.K. style lockdown increases the susceptibility to covid illness
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Plenty of people predicted it. Large numbers of new tourers entering the country with questionable knowledge and experience was likely to cause some excess deaths. It looks like 19 skiers/snowboarders have died this year, which actually is lower than what I might have expected.

The issue is not a healthy young skier catching covid. The issue is them spreading it to more vulnerable people.

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when for most people, especially those involved in mountain sports, there are an infinite number of hazards that have a much higher chance of causing death than corona.


Yes and then the injured people put search and rescue and medical professionals at risk and take up hospital beds that may be in short supply.

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age...ironically, U.K. style lockdown increases the susceptibility to covid illness


Not really. While gyms and pools have been closed there's been nothing to stop you exercising either at home or running/cycling outdoors. I know plenty of people that are working less (furlough, or just saving commuting time as working at home) and spending more time exercising than normal. I don't see why UK lockdown has any effect on diet - in fact not being in an office and having to grab fast food for lunch and less eating out is probably improved diets if anything. Of course it's a convenient excuse for some that lockdown is the cause of their problems.
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