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Runner's new syndrome

"Running is good for you", or so they have been saying.
They had said it long before the Virus turned up and they have not rescinded that bit of advice since.
As a form of exercise, runners can boast of displaying certain rare virtues. They are resilient, accept pain as a rite of passage and ignore weather conditions.
Running is also a good introduction to old-age loneliness. With some exceptions,  a very long life ends up being a solitary life. If not through lack of companionship, loneliness is born out of not being able to join in and do what everyone else is doing.
This "all by myself" quality of running does have it drawback though. It seldom came to light before the Virus and the new rule of physical proximity.
Running requires single-mindedness. 'Social distancing" is an exercise in the opposite.  Getting from A to B has to be negotiated and pace adjusted. It involves stopping and sometimes backtracking, to avoid getting too close to passers-by.
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The Virus (not a computer one)

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If a 4-year old can ask a parent who has just sneezed :"Have you got the virus?", something has definitely changed in the world.

The new player on the stage ( I know, Shakespeare has said it before, "all the world's a stage"), this new player is terribly feared and ferociously pursued.

It's both fast and  evasive, it carries no ID (do scientists know something we don't?),  it can kill. It does kill and maim.
For short, more than just a bloody nuisance. Fleeing communism or fascism or any -ism used to involve crossing some form of physical border, risking life and limb.
No point anymore in viewing the other side of any border as a safe space.
The Virus has made sure old perceptions have become totally useless, even dangerous.  It loves ridiculing us, the whole lot. 
Take that "There's safety in numbers".  Gotta be joking, no?
Is it still true that "No man is an island "? (I know, just quoting John Donne, full poem on this site.)