I know, I know. Nobody wants to do this.
SHORT VERSION: In consideration of the mutual welfare and benefit of general public health, Spokane Judo will be closed effectively immediately, and in line with the Washington state schools directive to remain closed for at least the next six weeks.
LONGER VERSION: This was not a hard decision, but I know a lot of people have the perception that “this is nothing”, or “just get sick and get it over with” and that thinking is wrong – please allow me to explain why:
It is true that the people doing Judo, and especially the kids doing Judo are not themselves particularly at risk from the virus. However, there are some facts that need to be considered. 1) COVID-19 is far more infectious than ‘the flu’ – this means simple contact with an infected person (who may or may not be showing symptoms) has a very high risk of transmitting the illness. 2) COVID-19 is far more deadly than the flu for at risk populations. These two factors combined mean that getting sick yourself makes you much more likely to transmit it to high risk individuals who are then at higher than acceptable risk of either dying or needing extensive hospital intervention. Fact 3) Hospitals have limited capacity for extensive intervention. Therefore, the faster the infection “spikes”, runs the risk of overwhelming hospitals.
Even if the same total number of people eventually get the illness, but it is spread out over many months instead of happening all at once, MANY lives can be saved by not overwhelming the hospitals.
It is for these reasons we are making the easy decision to temporarily close Spokane Judo. One of the tenets of Judo is “Mutual welfare and benefit” – we live that ideal by sacrificing our enjoyment of practice for several weeks to do our small part to help others not die. Please keep this view in mind during the pandemic “even though I am not personally at risk, I can help save others”.
All the other advice about washing your hands, not touching your face, self isolating where possible you have heard a million times everywhere else and it is good advice.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Sensei Brett or Sensei Allen. During the hiatus, we will be posting ‘judo homework’, and ‘judo at home workouts’ for our club to stay fit at home.