Sporting activities have stalled because of the spread of Covid-19. When it comes to the pandemic and its spread, all kinds of events (including/especially sports) can be platforms for rapid spread. That is why when the numbers have begun to increase, all sport governing bodies decided to bring their activities to an indefinite stall.
Recently, however, some governing bodies have hinted at a resumption of their various leagues and competitions, and have pledged to observe specific protocols which will ensure that players are safe. For instance, reports suggest that the NBA will start their season in December, albeit behind closed doors.
Other reports also indicate that the NFL season may start soon, but this has taken a rather interesting twist as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Fauci has said that the resumption of the League is not advisable.
Dr. Fauci casts doubts on the NFL season
In an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that NFL Games could be a “perfect setup for spreading” coronavirus even without spectators.
“I think it’s feasible that negative-testing players could play to an empty stadium,” said Fauci in the interview. But Fauci warned that all this relied upon population level of infection — if the infection rate were too high, holding the season would be unadvisable, he suggested. He further warned against starting the season and said it is not possible to have a season.
In the interview with the New York Times, Fauci said almost two weeks after he suggested that some sports would need to get ready not to be played this season. This was ahead of the NFL’s announcement of its regular season program for this weekend. Given the CDC guidance warning against major gatherings and public meetings, the League is training for beginning games this autumn.
In the interview with NBC Sports, the speaker painted an illustration to show precisely how easily the virus can be spread by athletes in near contact sports like football. While Fauci has claimed sweat does not transfer the virus, someone with that virus will quickly spread it across different areas of his or her body, and it will affect them just as easily if they come into contact with another team.
When King questioned Fauci what would happen if the squad tested four players positive, Fauci stated without mincing words: “shut it down.”
The spread of the virus is inevitable among players
The doctor went further to explain why having four players positive in a team should be treated drastically.
“You know why? Because it is likely that if four of them are positive and they’ve been hanging around together, the other negative ones are positive. So, I mean, if you have one outlier (only one player testing positive), I think you might getaway. But once you wind up having a situation where it looks like it’s spread within a team, you got a real problem. You gotta shut it down,” he said
He indicated how recently in the White House, he was imperiled to an infection. It was checked straight away and negative, although this does not indicate the next day, it will still be harmful. According to him, it is very impractical to test every day, so the NFL will reduce the probability of testing everyone vividly. This could mean, making players go through testing on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and even allowing only negative players to play.
When questioned about test players, Fauci said that infection among a team would result in a quarantine lasting at least 14 days, and the team would not be allowed to compete in the next two games, awaiting a bye.
Would the NFL delay or cancel the games in this case? Need to withdraw teams? The teams often have to commit to quarantine with their star player if a trial is excellent, which may significantly change the season of a squad.
The NFL has worked out how all these possible circumstances can be planed.
Fauci emphasized that much of this will rely on the position and danger of September for teams, coaches, employees, and the public at large.
Although the NFL is finally starting on schedule, Fauci said it would focus absolutely on the efficiency with which the country reacts to the expected outbreak in the autumn.