Don’t they say most accidents happen within X km of home? So I’m going to run and ride far... because that’s safer (statistically) ;)
They do say that.
I will ride within a half hour drive, in the event that I need to be rescued.
I almost always avoid activity that could make me bleed, but will be a bit more strict for a while.
Activity will be important for mental health. For those of us that live in rural areas allowing running and biking will be easier than in urban areas due to lower population density. The injury risk is worthwhile to think about but in my exprience things like easy trail running and mountain biking do not overwhelm our ED. It is the ski resort, DH mountain biking, motorsports, etc.. Getting in an MVA is probably a bigger concern if the health care system is flooded.
In the short term (next few days) any emergency surgery (eg ortho) would happen super fast as lots of surgeons are sitting around twiddling their thumbs.
That's good info, Revy - thanks! I think I'll take a pass on the emergency surgery though. ;)
For sure, exercise will help keep people sane - including people who don't normally do it. I'd rather see families hiking in our forest than going to the grocery store together.
Most of us have stories about turning an ankle on flat trail at the end of a technical run or twisting our knee in the kitchen. I plan to think of ways to reduce the risk of needing medical treatment (including minimal driving) but stupid things can still happen so I will also keep my fingers crossed. There are peer-reviewed studies on that preventive technique. :)
The reason I mentioned 2 km was because the French Ministry of Sport announced on Thursday that people are permitted to walk or run "1 or 2 km max... A short run is possible, but not a 10k!" They also have to carry ID to show to authorities.
And we've all heard that leisure cycling is illegal in Italy and Spain.
So we can make our own choices at this point but I'm thinking ahead to the possibility that it may not stay that way. Of course, the chance of us getting caught using our country trails is really low, as is the chance of us infecting anyone there or vice versa.
If I had more free time, it would be fun to create plain text gpx files that appear to violate a ban, upload them a fictional person's strava account, and see if the police, who appear to have absolutely nothing better to do, try to fine it.