BNP Paribas Open becomes first major U.S. sporting event affected by coronavirus

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The United States now has its first major sporting event affected by the coronoavirus, and it likely won’t be the last.

Tennis will not hold the 2020 BNP Paribas Open as scheduled. The second-biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. behind only the U.S. Open was set to begin Monday in Indian Wells, California.

Most of the biggest names in tennis were scheduled to play.

“We are prepared to hold the tournament on another date and will explore options,” tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement.

The decision was made after the Riverside County Public Health Department declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of COVID-19 locally.

“There is too great a risk, at this time, to the public health of the Riverside County area in holding a large gathering of this size,” Dr. David Agus, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, said in the statement. “It is not in the public interest of fans, players and neighboring areas for this tournament to proceed. We all have to join together to protect the community from the coronavirus outbreak.”

Other sports events, including Italy’s soccer league Serie A, are being affected by the coronavirus. The NBA has told teams to prepare to play games without fans, and the NHL has closed its locker rooms to media.

On Saturday, the NFL postponed its annual Consumer Products Summit, its annual vendor trade show.

The NFL’s next big event is the annual owners meetings, scheduled to begin March 29 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its next big public event is the draft, scheduled to being April 23 in Las Vegas.

9 responses to “BNP Paribas Open becomes first major U.S. sporting event affected by coronavirus

  1. I have never heard of that tournament before. I wonder what’s going to happen to March Madness?

  2. One confirmed case of something like the common cold is shutting down sporting events. Outstanding.

  3. jfiling says:
    March 9, 2020 at 12:23 am
    One confirmed case of something like the common cold is shutting down sporting events. Outstanding.
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    The common cold has a death rate in US of 1 in 700,000,

    the annual flu deaths in US ave 1 in 10,000

    the coronavirus right now in U.S. is killing 1 in 33!

    in 3rd world countries (which are preping for it the same as the US right now) the coronavirus death rate has been as much as 1 in TEN

  4. the coronavirus right now in U.S. is killing 1 in 33!
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    the coronavirus has killed 22 (total) in the US according to live tracking.

  5. ditkasanger says:
    March 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

    the coronavirus right now in U.S. is killing 1 in 33!

    in 3rd world countries (which are preping for it the same as the US right now) the coronavirus death rate has been as much as 1 in TEN

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    Current mortality rate estimates for coronavirus are likely overly high because of the lack of large-scale, systematic testing. There are likely many people with the virus that haven’t been tested because they exhibit minor-to-moderate symptoms and then go on to be fine. Because they’re not tested, they’re not being counted in estimates of the mortality rate, which likely makes the rate look overly pessimistic (i.e., potentially too high).

    None of that’s to minimize the seriousness of the situation; just that the picture might change as the data being gathered improve and it’s easy to share misinformation.

  6. factschecker says:
    March 9, 2020 at 9:22 am
    the coronavirus right now in U.S. is killing 1 in 33!
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    the coronavirus has killed 22 (total) in the US according to live tracking.
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    Latest in US reports…Confirmed cases of Coronavirus 508, and Deaths 22 (MORE than 1 in 33)

    The novel coronavirus has infected more than 108,000 people around the world and killed more than 3,800, according to UPI. (MORE then 1 in 33)

  7. “the coronavirus right now in U.S. is killing 1 in 33!”
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    Great example here of how panic sets in. Wild, totally unsubstantiated numbers thrown about. This number is high even based on TESTED cases. Now, remind yourself there has been no widespread testing done meaning virtually none of the milder cases–which make up over 80% of total cases–are being reported at all.

  8. ditkasanger says:
    March 9, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Latest in US reports…Confirmed cases of Coronavirus 508, and Deaths 22 (MORE than 1 in 33)

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    That 1 in 33 you keep mentioning doesn’t account for the fact that one of the largest outbreaks in the US was at a nursing home where it circulated within a vulnerable population (i.e., elderly people often with complicating health conditions). Of the 22 deaths, 16 (almost 75%) were at that nursing home. I’ve not seen anything suggesting the mortality rate will be that high within the general, younger population. Maybe you know something I don’t, but I’m somewhat doubtful.

    Like I said, I’d wait for more solid data to become available instead of spreading potential misinformation and contributing to people freaking out more than they are.

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