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Thoughts about coronavirus and amusement parks

Okay, so after seeing videos that made Six Flags parks in Oklahoma and Georgia look safer than say SeaWorld in Florida, I was disappointed at the video I saw of Six Flags Over Texas reopening, though this video looks better so maybe it was just some bugs that had to be worked out during the first two days. Still, my husband doesn’t want to chance it, even on a day that it’s supposed to rain a lot and it might be even safer. In September everything is either going back to normal, at which time we’re probably going to catch it and die, or we will have to find some other way of making money like delivering for Amazon, and then we still might die. I’m somewhat of the opinion that I should try a few things before then, but he is more of the opinion that we should mostly hide in the house so we don’t get sick and die until September.

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Anyway, most people seem to think that it is wear a mask or try to stay 6 feet away from others, while I thought it was supposed to be both. Both is not possible at amusement park rides (except maybe for the train and the carousel) because someone has to come and make sure you are strapped in and lap bar and other restraints locked before the ride and then unlocked after the ride. People have given up on the 6 feet thing mostly at the grocery store whether or not they are wearing a mask, so I am just trying to get the stuff and get out. But the grocery store is essential, and the amusement park is not. So I am surprised they are reopening, but sort of not really, as people think haircuts and gyms are essential too.

Anyway, I am thinking that 6 feet doesn’t even make you safe in an amusement park even if it could somehow go and keep your distance from everyone else.

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Okay, so everyone has heard to stay 6 feet apart, and I have watched some videos trying to explain how they decided on 6 feet, and they showed particles moving away from people who were breathing normally and just talking, and the particles are falling to the ground, so that 6 feet away most of the particles are on the ground instead of being in the air, and even most of the few particles still in the air wouldn’t be up around your face but maybe between your knees and your feet. But even then, there still might be a few around your face. And also, in addition to people just normally breathing and talking, there might be some Olympic competition level coughing and sneezing and yelling, so maybe you need like 20 feet for that.

But for a momet if we could just stick with the 6 feet rule to look at amusement parks I would point out a few things. You are supposed to wait in line 6 feet apart, which they have marked on the ground, and they are supposed to keep people separated on the rides by closing every other row. Okay, that’s NOT 6 feet apart, that is like 2 or 3 feet apart, so just to get 6 feet apart they need to only use every third or fourth row.

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And even if they do that, I think there’s still a problem after they start the ride. Let’s say that you are on a train, once the train speeds up, you are moving through the space where someone else has just been, and the particles are still in the air, and some of them are still up around your face.

And that’s just on a train. Some of the rides go faster, so you would go through the particles of the people in front of you and the people in front of them and so forth before the particles fall to the ground.

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And of course a lot of rides are not anywhere near the ground, so even if the particles only go out 6 feet away before falling to the ground, you walk near and under a lot of the rides.

And of course that’s if you were breathing and talking normally on a ride, instead of Olympic competition level screaming. So some parts of the park just have particles raining on everything and everybody, even if you don’t ride anything.

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So I don’t know if anyone has thought of this and actually done any science, or if they just put up signs that say they can’t guarantee you won’t catch coronavirus enter at your own risk to cover their butts and were done in it.

And I still might go. Just trying to think if it’s better to get used to the new normal sooner, or if it is better to stay home and put off more exposure for a few months.

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