As the seasons are changing, northern senior tennis players are now facing the choice of going inside or not playing. This issue is highlighted in a reader question on this subject…
“George, I would really benefit from a discussion about pros and cons of playing indoors at this point. For those of us in the “north”, indoors is the only option for playing. Specifically,
1. If now is not the time to go indoors, what has to change?
2. Are social distancing, masks and regular cleaning enough?
3. Does it vary from state to state?
4. Does it vary depending on age of the player?
5. Does weather make a difference in terms of killing germs?
“In your last discussion of Covid, you had great input from the medical community including an immunologist or two who were also players which helped a lot. …Obviously, this discussion wouldn’t be pertinent to your warm weather players, but this is a big deal for those of us who have only one option between November and April.
“You provide a valuable service for us seniors. Thanks. Hope you deem this a relevant blog topic.” John Curtin
John, I empathize with your situation… it would seem like the early Covid shutdown all over again! Let’s see who has an opinion and/or information to help answer your questions.
Anyone have input on playing tennis indoors … both from the Covid and transition from outdoors?
Evert Jonsson – If you have been following here, this world-class senior athlete took the precautionary step of having a CT Calcium scan as a step before a stress test (learning a lesson from Fred Drilling’s “surprise” quadruple bypass surgery). With an acceptable range of 0-400, Evert came in at a jaw-dropping 3,155! They put him on a statin. Well Evert now writes…
“Had singles practice on Wednesday and dubs plus exercises on Thursday. Had my heart cath Friday. LAD 95+ blocked. Ambulance transport to Bay County hospital, Panama City. Bypass surgery Monday. Hard to grasp that i have so few symptoms.”
“According to several doctors. Recognizing the problem before the heart attack and damaging the heart improves you chances to full recovery dramatically. Hope to give you full update Wednesday or Thursday.”
Fred Drilling – He is going for a medical trifecta … had quadruple bypass surgery several months ago … followed by knee replacement … and Tuesday of this week is going in for “minor spinal surgery”. Do well Fred; and get back on the courts quickly.
George Wachtel – Following the example of those two guys (who are both in much, much better physical condition than I am), I went for my own CT Calcium scan test a week and a half ago. To my extreme frustration, I cannot get anyone in my doctor’s office to tell me my results! Stay tuned for all.
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