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Golf takes right approach amid so-called pandemic

Texas doctor treats mostly ‘minor cold symptoms’ among his patients during past 2 months and questions how U.S. has ‘overreacted’ to COVID-19, advising us to ‘stop spreading fear’

I enjoyed reading Alex Miceli’s opinion Wednesday in Morning Read (“Count your blessings, golf fans,” Aug. 12).

I would like for Miceli to know my medical opinion about COVID infection within younger age groups. By far, the majority of the cases I have diagnosed within my practice over the past two months have resulted in nothing but minor cold symptoms. This was true of two elderly diabetic patients, as well. Sixteen patients within two weeks recovered from their minor illness within three days.

We have, without question, overreacted to this “pandemic,” and we still have not reached the level of devastation that influenza causes each year. None of us is intelligent enough to foresee the true impact that our overreaction will cause within our country, and beyond. Regardless, we all need to stop spreading fear. This is especially true for members of the media who should spend more time “staying in their lane.”

I will enjoy watching golf this fall, and I’m happy that my favorite sport is one that happens to be quite easy to make COVID-compliant. It’s quite another thing to find a way to make football safe, given the overreaction that is occurring amongst non-experts. Football will be dearly missed this season if officials choose to cancel the seasons unnecessarily.

I am fully aware of the severity of SARS-COVID-19 infection, and in particular, the potential rapid progression to respiratory failure that is possible with this infection. Make no mistake about it: this is a vicious virus. However, influenza is just as vicious within those who are most susceptible. As I have said throughout this pandemic, those who are most susceptible should receive strict stay-at-home recommendations, and all businesses should require masks, provide hand sanitizer and clean their businesses thoroughly several times per day. They should have been doing these things long before COVID. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, and people should not be afraid. Businesses should not be afraid.

Politicians and executives should stop worrying about the future of their careers and just exercise common sense and judgment based on medical facts. The political correctness in this country must stop. The politicians also should stop their childish behavior that occurs during every election year, but I suppose that’s a different topic.

It’s embarrassing how our government acts when officials aren’t working together.

Jonathan Matthews
Trophy Club, Texas
(Matthews is a doctor who practices internal medicine.)

‘PGA Championship didn’t feel like a major’
The Grill Room Golf Show was right (“How easy is too easy?” Aug. 12). The PGA Championship didn't feel like a major.

Drivable par 4s are a gift, whether a golfer tries to drive the hole or not. The par 5s were reachable, and the rough didn’t stop shots, because it wasn't thick enough.

The only tough thing was a lack of sand in the bunkers, which I think every major should follow.

Yeah, it was exciting to a point, but majors are supposed to be supreme tests of skills and a battle to shoot par. Now, they are setups for scoring.

Adding the driving length that these guys have renders par as nonexistent.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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