A PSA to the greater OW community during the COVID-19 Pandemic
I was absolutely shocked to see Wheel Fun Stuff post a video this morning suggesting that OW-ing is a great use of your time when social distancing, yet not wearing any protective gear whatsoever! I’m actually kinda angry, that post was so incredibly irresponsible.
Just as it is our responsibility to distance ourselves for the greater good, it is also imperative that if you are going to ride your Onewheel right now you fully gear up and do not take any stupid chances!!!! The VERY last thing our Medical Systems need is to be inundated with careless recreational injuries. We all have to make sacrifices; ensuring you are fully protected and maybe waiting a bit to test out that new trick are very small ones we can make, compared to what most others are having to go thru.
Thanks for reading this!
jack was wearing a helmet at least. that's sometimes more than i wear, truth be told. but it just depends what i'm doing. longer rides through unfamiliar territory, yeah, i gear up, but to go a few blocks and ride in the grass at the park, meh. i know, i know, sorry. just being truthful.
@Franko I’m sure we all can be more diligent with it. It’s just that at this particular point in time, it’s even more necessary. My husband won’t ride his dirt bike at all these days. And I told my father in So Cal not to even chance going for a drive.
Just to follow up, Wheel Fun Stuff have since DM’d me and let me know they were thinking of the same things and will start emphasizing the use of protective gear in future vids.
@a_onekatie you're right -- i agree that the last thing ER rooms need right now is a bunch of cooped up OW riders showing up with injuries!
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@a_onekatie well said.
Kielanders last edited by Kielanders
2018 stats show the death toll in America from the common flu alone was ~80,000.
2018 stats in America for highway fatalities are ~36,000.
That's 116,000 just in America every single year.
Gosh, my maff ain't so gud, but that's like a millun+ peeps duh pass 10 yeers!
For fun, let's throw-in anywhere between 250,000 - 400,000 deaths per year in America from medical mistakes.
That's A LOT O' DEAD PEEPS . . . every single year for the past decades and for future decades.
Hey OneWheel folks, it looks like the biggest threat to your life is a medical mistake - so stay safe, and stay the hell away from doctors and out of the hospital - don't become a statistic.
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@a_onekatie Thank you for writing this Katie. I am hear to confess my wrong doing. I have literally put a "few thousand" miles on my boards and I've been stupid lucky nothing has happened to me. I'm 49 years old, ride better, carve harder, hit faster than anyone I've seen (on youtube or elsewhere) . But If I was not stupid lucky which is rare or my reflexes were off just ONE DAY OR TIME. Well I probably wouldn't be around to write this or tell you how important this is.
As you advance in skill you'll notice more and more people will watch you and cheer you or even follow you around getting the nerve to ask you questions or whatever. Sounds cool. Well, it is but if your seriously hurt you may never get that far to experience that feeling 😔.
That would be a shame.
Protect yourself, always, so you can get to see your true FULL POTENTIAL. ✌️👍
Katie couldn't be more accurate. I should and WILL be setting an example now instead of thinking how a helmet might look on me. Stupid stupid stupid and yes, careless. I now know I did not look cool but a fool. I actually have a helmet but don't wear it. Dumb! Meanwhile I'm confessing to you all (and this is for me too as reminder) that I will wear a helmet (even the crappy one I don't care for starting now.
Anyone who has seen me in MBeach area and Torrence area, I apologize for not thinking to be example and to any kids reading this. Don't ever skate,ride or actively do anything where you know you are SUPPOSE to wear protective gear and you don't. There is a reason for it otherwise football players, hockey players, proffesional skaters and "OneWheelers" wear gear. Because someone like Katie took notice and followed logic to have protection on where it's needed. All preventing what could be something you may never be able to walk away from after just ONE wrong slip, slide or something that is unexpected like a driver of a vehicle doesn't look or see you.
If your a kid who's talking a scaped you hand, let or arm on gritty pavement, ... remember that pain? Imagine now if you had that SAME FALL but where you got hurt before you had a pad or helmet on spot you hurt yourself. Now you understand and you'll wear gear so if you have an accidental fall ever again chances are instead of crying in pain and missing out on joining your friends for weeks or longer, you may be able to get right up from that and keep riding with your friends. Much better than being stuck in bed in crying pain while they are off having fun without you.
Well, I now understand what people mean when they say it takes a crises to see someone's true colors.
WFS posted an entire video yesterday about using the Onewheel to social distance, again completely sans helmets.
The Float Life has now initiated an incredibly untimely #TFLslamchallenge. I believe their intention was for people to dig thru old video to find crashes to post, but they've taken absolutely no steps to clarify this, and now we have multiple riders actually "challenging" each other to crash.
Bodhi Harrison had the absolute GUAL to go out and ride a crowded skate park this weekend in Sacramento, while ALL OF CALIFORNIA is on shelter in place orders.
I posted another general "PSA to the OW Community" about all of this to my Instagram Stories over the weekend and specifically tagged WFS, TFL, C&R and OW-official. All four accounts viewed my story, and C&R were the only one to reply or even acknowledge it.
I never realized how incredibly selfish all of these people/companies are! Sad face. Oh well, they've now lost all my follows and C&R will be my exclusive OW accessory provider from here on out.
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Sorry for my ignorance, but who's WFS?
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@Kielanders Wheel Fun Stuff, mentioned in my original post
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@a_onekatie, as @Kielanders points out below, we need to be governed by math and logic, not emotion and fear. Either we are totally overreacting to the flu this year, or we have totally underreacted every other year. 61,000 Americans died from the flu in 2017-2018 flu season and nobody suggested shutting down the nation. So far USA is at about 40,000 influenza deaths and well into the tail end of flu season, where heat and humidity greatly diminish the survival time of viruses outside the body, and contagion and new cases drop to near zero.
20,000,000 million around the world people die of breathing problems every year, only 2% of those (400,000 a year) are due to the flu. There are 100+ active flu strains in circulation right now like there are every year, but most kill anonymously because we haven't yet named them or developed a test. The latest information is that COVID19 has likely been in circulation since at least November, and about 7% of Americans (23,000,000) would probably test positive for it right now based on U of Washington testing of the general population. There is no reason to freak out as every new case is revealed as this is just documenting the progress of testing, not the progress of the disease.
Current official estimates of the contagiousness of Wuhan Flu from WHO, CDC, and ECDC put its R0 at 2-3.1, which is slightly above the regular flu, but below SARS, MERS, Norovirus, Zika -- none of which made a big dent in annual flu deaths or forced nations to shut down.
What the media and politicians won't admit is that initial outbreak estimates of any newly-identified pathogen are always orders of magnitude too high because early testing is confined to the dead and sick in morgues and hospitals. Based on past years' CDC data, on average a hundred million Americans are exposed to the most common flu strains and would test positive if we did the testing, tens of millions get sick from them, and about 40,000 die from them.
So far we've had about 30,000 deaths from anonymous flu viruses, but we are giving all our attention to a charismatic new bug that has only killed 16,365 in the whole world, and 590 in the USA. Hoping POTUS orders the nation back to work and back to school next Monday. Else, many more people will die from hunger, energy poverty, domestic violence, riots, and suicide than from Coronavirus.
COME ON, man -- listen to the doctors and nurses in China, Italy, Iran, Spain, France, NYC or New Orleans and then tell me this is anything like a normal flu. there is zero evidence yet that heat in the summer will do anything to this, and either way, there's an entire southern hemisphere going into cold and flu season where this can mutate and change, and it's going to be a year at best before we might have a vaccine for the strain we know about right now.
@Telomere you're missing my point, and this thread is not intended as a political debate. So I'll reply once and then not waste any more energy.
This thread is about asking OW riders to take extra care right now, so as not to provide more strain on our medical communities. The fact that in many countries, they are currently operating full tilt and under way less than ideal circumstances is not debatable.
Kielanders last edited by Kielanders
Your post is absolutely EXCELLENT, thank you - the math provides the reality provided the numbers aren't cooked or skewed by politicians in bed with the media.
You must know the real threat in order to fix the problem, and that reality isn't coming from the media.
While as a former firefighter/paramedic I appreciate Katie's post in the abstract, in reality OW riders need to 'buckle-up' everyday for themselves.
There are a lot of great reasons to NOT end-up in the emergency room - the latest sexy cold virus (i.e. Corona) is one, protecting your own ass from injury in the hands of medical professionals is another, and keeping our community healthy and 'unregulated' is yet another.
My post wasn't a slam at the medical community either, but having been a member of that community, I know nurses/doctors/first-responders are human, and bad shit happens more than you'd think.