Atilis Gym offers free membership to those who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine

Want to spend time with people with strong breathing who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19? Well, looks like Atilis Gym, in Bellmawr, New Jersey, can have a deal for you. Gym owner Ian Smith apparently tweeted that Atilis “offers free memberships to anyone who thread ‘do not get vaccinated: “

Oh, no, he didn’t. Instead of “did” get vaccinated, @iansmithfitness wrote “don’t”, as in the rhyme word “don’t go” and “groan-t”. Does Atilis Gym really want to collect people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 so that they can train together in an indoor gym? And training usually means just seeing chocolate s’mores level gasps. Gee, what could possibly be going on?

As a reminder, what is called the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing. In fact, the past few months have been the worst part of the pandemic to date. Countries like Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia have successfully contained Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) by following science and showing, in the words of Guns N ‘Roses, just a little, but patience. Meanwhile, many political leaders in the United States, especially one whose last name rhymes with rump, have instead spent much of 2020 calling the virus different racial names and opposing what experts say. in public health urged to do. When you don’t do much to stop a virus from spreading, it will continue to spread. And spread and spread and spread. Letting the virus spread ends up hurting businesses in the long run. Oh, and now more contagious variants are spreading across the United States as well.

One of the reasons for hope have been the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Clearances (EUA) of three Covid-19 vaccines. Clinical trials have shown that these vaccines can significantly reduce your risk of getting more serious Covid-19. So if you get the full vaccine, instead of landing at the hospital very sick with Covid-19, you might, well, not land at the hospital. The vaccine itself is not 100% effective, so you will still need to maintain other precautions such as social distancing and wearing face masks. But think of all these different precautions like Swiss cheese. Not that you should be injecting yourself with Swiss cheese, or disinfectant for that matter. On the contrary, each of these individual precautions has its relative holes, its weaknesses. And you don’t want to leave holes exposed in general. Layering different precautions can cover different holes. Also, getting as many people vaccinated as soon as possible while maintaining other precautions could really slow the spread of the virus to the point where it can be adequately contained.

This is why encouraging vaccination makes good business sense. I have already covered for Forbes some of the soft incentives offered by companies like Krispy Kreme for people to get vaccinated.

But now, does Atilis Gym reward the opposite: not getting vaccinated? Smith’s tweet said, “We believe in health.” But is it believing in “health” or believing in “disease? His tweet added, “The real way – exercise, good nutrition, lots of vitamin D, zinc and an environment to relax.” OK, the exercise is good. The same goes for a good diet. Vitamin D and zinc can be useful, preferably as a natural part of natural food. An environment to de-stress is not bad either. However, is working out in a gym where you might have to worry about getting Covid-19 really a non-stressful environment?

Exercise, a good diet, vitamin D, zinc, or a non-stressful environment on their own simply won’t protect you against Covid-19 like a Covid-19 vaccine would. Over the past two decades, people trying to sell supplements, special diets, and training regimens have claimed that their products are better than established vaccines against different diseases. The problem is, they haven’t really provided any scientific evidence to back it up. So during the Covid-19 pandemic, there was, surprise, surprise, more of the same. Somehow suggesting that exercise, diet, or supplements could somehow provide you with the same protection against Covid-19 as the available Covid-19 vaccines would run counter to public health recommendations. .

It wouldn’t be the first time Smith has gone against public health recommendations. Smith and his gymnasium made headlines last spring when they tried to stay open by defying then-Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders to curb the surge in Covid-19 cases.

here is a 6ABC segment from last May describing the initial decline of the gymnasium:

And that CBS Philly The report showed what happened after Smith and his business partner repeatedly refused to honor the governor’s orders:

Earlier this year, American Airlines temporarily banned Smith from refusing to wear a mask on a flight, according to Dan Alexander reporting for NJ 101.5. Alexander also described Smith as “a former inmate convicted of killing a teenager in a drunk driving accident in 2007”. Hmmm, this doesn’t exactly scream science.

What exactly is Atilis Gym trying to prove with its new offer? Rounding up unvaccinated people will increase the risk of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, which cannot be good for business. No company said, “Hey, good news, we just had a Covid-19 outbreak.” Additionally, you may want to spend time with infectious personalities, but not with potentially infectious people. Even if you are vaccinated against Covid-19, the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on the prevalence of the virus around you. Spending more time with unvaccinated people always increases your risk of Covid-19, whether or not you are vaccinated. Moreover, convincing people not to get vaccinated can delay the return to normalcy of our society, which can not be good for business either.

In the short term, defying public health recommendations can seem like fun in an irreverent Commando style or “I can lick a toilet brush if I want”. Yet, at the end of the day, promising free workouts to people who choose not to receive the Covid-19 vaccine may not work as a long-term business strategy.

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