NFL “closely monitoring” coronavirus developments

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As the nation continues to get a grip on the realities of COVID-19, more widely known as the coronavirus, the NFL is paying attention.

“We are closely monitoring developments and have been in contact with The World Health Organization, CDC and the NFL-NFLPA medical experts at the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) Program for Infection Prevention,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT on Sunday via email. “We will continue those discussions throughout our offseason.”

The question was raised specifically in the context of the league meetings, which are due to begin four weeks from today in Palm Beach. With plenty of owners who have one or more risk factors for a bad outcome to COVID-19, it makes plenty of sense for the league to pay careful attention to the spread, and to be ready to make appropriate changes to the planned meetings in the event that, as expected by many experts, things get worse over the course of the next few weeks.

The other question becomes whether the virus survives beyond the period of time typically regarded as cold and flu season. If it lingers or intensifies beyond April 1, large public gatherings like the draft and, eventually, preseason and regular-season games could be affected in a very negative way.

17 responses to “NFL “closely monitoring” coronavirus developments

  1. “large public gatherings like the draft and, eventually, preseason and regular-season games could be affected in a very negative way.”

    It sure could. There was a UEFA Champions League game in Italy a couple days ago that would normally have drawn 45-50,000 fans.

    The stands were entirely empty. And I mean not even 1 single fan in them. The teams had to play in a totally empty stadium.

  2. If the virus goes into the fall, the TV rating will go through the roof as few will attend games in a crowded stadium environment. Actually they’ll be no perceived difference in LA Charger game attendance. No fans anyway.

  3. “Actually they’ll be no perceived difference in LA Charger game attendance. No fans anyway.”

    At least no Charger fans. The stadium is filled with fans of whoever the Chargers’ opponent is.

  4. They have 5 months. NHL/NBA and MLB would experience the problem first. If any of those games get interrupted, the NFL could opt for the Japanese approach to preseason baseball, empty stadiums. The show must go on.

  5. So far the major outbreaks are confined to about 5 countries. There are also only small percentages of those infected (about 1%) that have died, and many of those had other risk factors. Israel believes a vaccine will be ready in three weeks. Point is there is a very good chance this is much ado about nothing. The NFL should encourage people to avoid hand touching at these events and for people to wash their hands but beyond that I don’t think extra precautions are necessary.

  6. If they have to play in empty stadiums they should pump low level crowd noise in. It will be odd watching games with no noise in them.

    If anyone needed help in how to do this they could just ask the Colts.

  7. Influenza kills only .1% of the time. COVID-19 kills 2% of the time.

    The problem with folks willing to accept misinformation without verification is they’re also willing to share the misinformation.

  8. Stop the panic.

    It is the flu. A flu that kills less than the regular flu. A flu that is highly contagious, but has a very low mortality rate.
    At risk of this virus are the same as regular flu…elderly, those with pre-existing conditions…

    This panic has led to a lot of misplaced fear and anger.

  9. collectordude says:
    March 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm
    Just like SARS, swine flu etc.
    Nothing will come of it.
    —————————————————–
    The Sars epidemic killed approximately 774 out of 8100 people affected back in 2003. Cornona virus has already claimed over 3000 lives in 2 months with over 90,000 infected at this point.. The swine flu as you call it kills at a rate of 0.1% at a rate of approximately 60,00 lives per year while Corona virus is killing at a rate of 2-1/2% – 3%…….

  10. Influenza kills only .1% of the time. COVID-19 kills 2% of the time.

    The problem with folks willing to accept misinformation without verification is they’re also willing to share the misinformation.
    ——————
    So up to 50,000 deaths at 1% will be doubled so far as we know now. There are people spreading the virus in America. There have been 2 people found with the virus with no indication of how they got it. (meaning who infected them and how many others?) Yeah Yeah Yeah, That is something Trump and his lackeys have no clue about and have turned into yet another bogus witch hunt conspiracy. I guess it’ll take several death and probably a person in the family or beyond too accept that…

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