Steve Sailer has been banging the drums on how skiers seem to be extremely overrepresented amongst the ranks of early COVID-19 victims:
- Why Skiers Instead of Golfers?
- Once Again, the Skier Menace
- Rich Skiers Step Up to Say: Let’s Get the Data
- Black Ski Group Hit Hard by Virus
Commenting on the rise in Moscow’s Corona cases – as of today standing at 410, with 41 more in the surrounding oblast, out of 658 total in Russia – I found it curious that even Mayor Sobyanin took exception to returning skiers in particular.
Many of them were in Courchevel, and brought back a suitcase of viruses.
This tallies with Moscow’s Corona cases being concentrated in its more affluent areas. People in my prole region are going to Sochi, not Courchevel, if they’re going anywhere.
My own guess as to why this might be the case is that many skiers – especially college students with much means – tend to stay in densely packed chalets to save on costs (and to party). Overpacking a chalet by a factor of 3-4x, which is not unusual, can reduce costs to as low as $20 a day. Apart from the partying, the restaurants and cafes on the mountains, as well as gondola lifts, are often jam-packed and full of coughing and heavily sweating people.
Ski season in the northern hemisphere is approaching its tail end, even without Corona (now they’re all closing prematurely), so the issue is moot regardless.
However, what can we do come the next season should Corona-chan be going strong?
I think the problem is quite solvable. At ski resorts, hitching a ride on the lifts is dependent on having an electronically scannable pass. All one has to do, in principle, is attach a requirement to have passed a Corona test in the past month for said pass to be activated. We are now seeing multiple companies developing COVID-19 test kits that can spit out results within half an hour or less, so the testing can even be carried out right in the resort village.
Test-test-test should be our mantra! Given enough tests, and an intelligently constructed contact tracing and notification regimen, even currently very risky activities can be rendered perfectly safe. Society will return to 95% normality within months without the millions of deaths that the “but muh GDP” ghouls yearn for.