For Lindsay Rose, workouts at her gym had become an important part of her life.

On Friday, she couldn’t wait to get back.

“I’ve waited all my life for this,” Rose exclaimed as she came into the Fitness First gym in Roseburg for the first time in two months.

“I couldn’t sleep. I was so excited,” Rose said later. “I kept checking Facebook to make sure that the (the owner) didn’t change his mind.”

Early risers and fitness enthusiasts were out early Friday morning at Fitness First after nearly two months of being without their gym or exercising routine.

David Washburn, a member of the gym for more than 30 years, said he really missed the daily trips to the gym.

“You get to know these guys, it’s fun, but this is my first day and I find a significant loss of strength,” Washburn said. “I bet I’ll be sore tomorrow.”

David Malinoff still worked out during the closure, but he likes the environment at the club.

“It’s coming back to a super positive environment, and I’ve worked out at several gyms across the country and this, by far, is the cleanest and most organized,” Malinoff said.”This is probably the safest place to be during this pandemic as far as cleanliness.”

Owner Alan Corder said about 20 of his longtime regulars were were at the gym early, and all of them were anxious to get back to their exercise routine. Some arrived as early as 4 a.m. Friday.

Seeing all the members come back choked him up a little.

“The staff was very supportive during this time, and my members, a lot of them just kept paying their dues regardless of their access and that was a very humbling experience for me,” Corder said.

Loyal members did everything they could to make sure the gym would survive.

“We didn’t stop our payments, we paid the whole time even though he was shut down because we were afraid he would go out of business,” Rose said. “And we didn’t want that.”

George McIntyre, a 94-year-old World War II torpedo bomber pilot and his partner, Kathy McIntyre, are 26-year members of the club who have always been faithful with their workouts. So during the shutdown, they tried to find other ways to work out, but it wasn’t the same as being at the gym.

“The best part is getting back into the habit knowing that you’re doing a little something for yourself, and it’s far better to come here because the weights which we don’t have at home,” George McIntyre said.

“We don’t have the resistance weights, so we were using canned vegetables to give us a little extra weight,” Kathy McIntyre said.

Some restaurants also opened Friday, but they had social distancing and other rules still in accordance to Phase l of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan in Douglas County.

At McMenamins Roseburg Station, the restaurant had been doing takeout only. Manager Melissa Smith said the restaurant had made several changes to comply with regulations.

Seating capacity was cut down to 12 tables so customers can’t go within 6 feet of each other, there is an entrance only and exit only, and they can’t have a party with more than 10 people.

Julie Pressel and Olivia Garza-Anaya, nurses in the Oregon Surgery Center, had returned to work after being furloughed and took advantage of the restaurant opening to celebrate.

“We went back to work and worked all week, we had a busy week and we’re super happy,” Pressel said.

“We’re nurses in a pandemic and we were unemployed, so we went back to work and thought we would come out and veg out,” Garza-Anaya said.

McMenamins has been open for takeout orders for a few weeks, so they’ve gotten used to going around every 30 to 60 minutes wiping down things with sanitizer. The staff must wear masks and use gloves when sanitizing door nobs. Each booth must be sanitized after a customer leaves, and customers have to be out by 10 p.m.

“It’s kind of exciting to get back to feeling somewhat of what we once were, knowing that it’s going to be different, but I’m excited to have people in the building that can have a beer or wine or a burger and get back to somewhat normalcy,” Smith said.

Beauty Shops and barber shops finally got to open, but by appointment only.

Steve Billman said he was way overdue for a haircut and his wife was also ready for a trip to the beauty shop.

“My wife is having her eyelashes done, that’s a big thing for her,” said Steve Billman, while he was getting a haircut, by Maria Crince at Heavenly Hands! Heavenly Hair at Southeast Jackson Street in Roseburg.

Crince said two months of no income was tough to take, but she’s thrilled to be back in business.

“It was just a nightmare, but we made it through,” Crince said.

Mike Dillman said he was also way overdue for a haircut.

“I was two weeks overdue when they shut down this thing,” Dillman said. “I let my wife try it and, and I ended up doing it myself in the back yard and the clippers stopped working halfway through.”

Some restaurants decided to wait until next week to open.

Splitz Family Grill on Diamond Lake Boulevard in Roseburg will open at 11 a.m. Monday.

A phone message at Brix Grill on Southeast Jackson Street in Roseburg said that the restaurant will open at 8 a.m. next Tuesday.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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The U.S. surpassed 1,500,000 coronavirus cases and 90,000 deaths today. The death toll will rise to over 100,000 Americans by the end of the month.

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

People who are making the effort to go to a gym to work on their physical fitness are also hopefully paying good attention to their nutrition and personal environment. Both are key factors in reducing the severity and harm caused by any viral infection.

It appears that exposure to PM2.5 microscopic air pollution is strongly connected to death from COVID-19. says that an increase of only 1 μg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with an 8% increase in the COVID-19 death rate (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2%, 15%)

A map showing current pollution monitoring:

Unless there are forest fires, our area of Oregon has relatively low air pollution levels.

Poor nutritional status is a major risk factor also, especially with its ties to many of the high-risk co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Low antioxidant status (such as are worsened by low vitamin C intake) is known to be a big risk for inflammatory cytokine storms which are among the major mechanisms by which COVID-19 kills.

For example, Eastern Virginia Medical School's summary of recommendations for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 include recommendations for nutritional supplements:

So really, are COVID-19 deaths due to the viral infection itself which is asymptomatic in many people, or more accurately caused by environmental factors such as poor air and poor diet?

Would it make more sense to focus on improving your personal risk factors that you can quickly and strongly influence inexpensively, or destroy the economy and the nation to try to reduce the risk?

Closing down everything, locking down people in their homes, shutting down churches and public protests, and many otther actions are far bigger dangers to the US and its people than the virus itself.

The government response in many states has caused more damage than the virus itself.

The virus might sicken or kill you if are foolish enough to not be taking good care of your health via healthy diet, supplements, and lifestyle factors (avoiding smoking, avoiding being around dirty vehicle exhaust and burn piles, etc.).

But abusive government crackdowns are sure to harm almost everybody via imploding the economy and trashing core American values.

American small businesses have been badly harmed or even put out of business in most states via state-imposed lockdowns. Large corporations like Amazon, Walmart, and Costco were not shut down, and even saw increases in business. The rich get richer, the rest are forcibly made poorer.

Fear of a virus which is not very dangerous to people who take care of themselves is being used to turn America into a repressive nation much like Communist China.


If having to stay home for a couple of months was a nightmare, imagine how scary it will be when impatient carelessness brings this virus here because people just couldn't wait to make someone else serve them.


The second wave of the 1918 pandemic was much more deadly than the first. The first wave had resembled typical flu epidemics; those most at risk were the sick and elderly, while younger, healthier people recovered easily. By August, when the second wave began in the United States, the virus had mutated to a much more deadly form. October 1918 was the month with the highest fatality rate of the whole pandemic. The fact that most of those who recovered from first-wave infections had become immune showed that it must have been the same strain of flu. For the rest of the population, the second wave was far more deadly; the most vulnerable people were adults who were young and fit. In January 1919 a third wave hit the United States, where it lingered through the Spring and until June of 1919. Overall American mortality rates were in the tens of thousands during the first six months of 1919.

Despite the high morbidity and mortality rates that resulted from the epidemic, the Spanish flu began to fade from public awareness over the decades. This has led some historians to label the Spanish flu a "forgotten pandemic." Forgetting a historically deadly pandemic is a kind way of saying it was ignored.

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

While the pandemic raged, American Indians who were smart enough to use anti-viral herbs such as lomatium root had zero deaths.

And then the virus disappeared, with no vaccine or drug to explain it.

Another theory about the increased deaths in the second wave is that is has to do with antibody disease enhancement with low nutritional status creating cytokine storms that kill.

Vaccines and poor diet and nutrition are likely effective ways to profitably achieve elevated death rates, maybe that is why there is such a ridiculous push for vaccines with zero discussion of how much vitamins and minerals matter for health.

By the way, in case you didn't know, Wikipedia is a known source for Pharma and government disinformation. They have trolls who are paid to edit that content to make it match their agenda and delete facts that might make people question their lies.

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