49ers’ Super Bowl loss saved lives in San Francisco

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There’s a bright silver lining to San Francisco’s loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV: The outcome likely saved lives.

As explained by Andrew Beaton and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal, the 49ers’ squandering of a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead meant no victory parade. Which meant no mass gathering of people pressed tightly together on the streets of San Francisco in early February. Which meant no spread of the coronavirus at a time when it was beginning to show up in the Bay Area among tens if not hundreds of thousands.

“It may go down in the annals as being a brutal sports loss, but one that may have saved lives,” Dr. Bob Wachter, the chairman of the UCSF department of medicine, told Beaton and Cohen.

As with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a Super Bowl parade in San Francisco could have become the fuse for a gigantic hot spot, eventually encompassing millions.

“It would not have taken much spread in early February for the thing to have gotten way out of hand,” Wachter said. “That would’ve been enough to light the fire.”

The fire still burns throughout the nation and the rest of the world, but at the end of the day the Kansas City victory parade — which may be the last big victory parade for months if not years — ended up being a much better alternative, because the virus had yet to hit Missouri the way it was emerging in the Bay Area.

75 responses to “49ers’ Super Bowl loss saved lives in San Francisco

  1. Thank you, Kansas City Chiefs, for bringing the Lombardi trophy to the center of the U.S. and away from the east and west coasts!

  2. I knew my Packers had my best interest in mind when the got blown out by the 49ers. Go Pack Go!

  3. Wait, weren’t we just roasting the FL governor for saying that the Coronavirus was probably working its way around Miami during the superbowl? Just because we weren’t testing for it doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening.

  4. The facts are the world was going along in pretty good shape UNTIL the Chiefs won a SB after 50 years. Blame them for everything. Keep SB wins to Steelers, Pats, and Steelers and Pats and all is good

  5. The fact that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was, three weeks later, in Chinatown calling for everyone to gather to celebrate Chinese culture and claiming there was nothing to fear from the virus may shoot some holes in that theory.

    California has, for some reason, thankfully not had the outbreak we’ve seen in New York. Suggesting that a parade would have saved lives three weeks prior to the Chinatown festival is a bit of a stretch.

  6. And a couple of weeks after the Super Bowl, Pelosi was in SF telling everyone to go to Chinatown as she was trying to frame the China travel ban as racist.

  7. What’s interesting is that Florio tried to cast doubt on the republican governor of Florida’s claim that the virus there may have started at the Super Bowl. When many people who went to the Super Bowl were from SF.

  8. So if the 49ers losing the Super Bowl and not holding a parade saved lives in early February. How many deaths is Nancy Pelosi responsible for when she encouraged people to go out in masses to Chinatown because she declared in ‘safe’ in late February?

  9. “And a couple of weeks after the Super Bowl, Pelosi was in SF telling everyone to go to Chinatown as she was trying to frame the China travel ban as racist”.
    _____________

    Apparently you do not realize that Chinatown is not in China.

    In addition, there was no ban on travel from China. Every US citizen that was in China was allowed back into the country, with no medical screening whatsoever. Approximately 400,000 people have arrived in the US from China since the alleged ban.

  10. The C-19 virus apparently was already in California in December. Doctors are now questioning whether patients who were sick and died/recovered from a pnuemonia like virus was indeed the C-19. The patients all tested negative for the seasonal flu virus, so doctors were not sure what to make of it.

    Now they think it was the C-19 virus and are trying to get patients that recovered in Dec/Jan to respond to a call for testing them for anti-bodies to C-19.

    The high point apex for California and others on the west coast (Ore, Wash) may have already passed when the virus hit main stream America. The unknown outbreak from late 2019 may have been C-19 and the apex was done and gone by the time C-19 was a known quantity in late Feb/early March. This could account for the west coast’s lower than expected numbers.

    The SF fans that went to the Super Bowl week may have instigated the infection to S. Florida.

  11. So, the refs were actually paid by the city of San Francisco not to call the egregious level of holding that was taking place by the Chief’s O-line in a direct effort to limit the spread of Covid-19 from the most beautiful city in the world?

    That makes complete sense!

  12. According to this site, the contention by Gov. DeSantis that the virus was likely present at the SuperBowl (and now the Chief’s parade as well) is very unlikely but not having a parade in SF because the 49ers lost somehow saved lives. This is just the typical unprovable mumbo jumbo designed to “validate” a political opinion. I do agree that no parade in SanFran probably saved lives but that is more due to not being exposed to the human waste and dirty needles littered throughout the city than the virus that was not detected within the state until the END of Feb.

  13. “What’s interesting is that Florio tried to cast doubt on the republican governor of Florida’s claim that the virus there may have started at the Super Bowl. When many people who went to the Super Bowl were from SF.”
    ____________

    Florida governor DeSantis made that claim in an attempt to justify his own inaction to protect the people of his state. This is the same guy who last week said that schools should reopen because he has not heard of any children contracting the virus. Of course that is false, and only goes to show DeSantis’s blatant disregard for the health of the students, their parents and grandparents, as well as the teachers, cafeteria workers, and custodians. Apparently DeSantis is unaware that asymptomatic people of any age can carry the virus.

    The pertinent question is why people like you and DeSantis are so eager to spread death to your fellow humans.

  14. Inadvertently.

    And people are sheep allowing little despots to deprive them of their constitutional rights.

  15. So, does the corollary mean that there were MORE deaths in KC as a result of their winning the SB?

  16. “I do agree that no parade in SanFran probably saved lives but that is more due to not being exposed to the human waste and dirty needles littered throughout the city than the virus that was not detected within the state until the END of Feb.”
    ___________

    You have never been to San Francisco in your life. You have no idea what the conditions are there. It is amazing how willing you are to show your lack of knowledge by cutting and pasting regressive talking points.

  17. Would’a, could’da, should’a, is a fun game to play. Lets stay focused on the present and FUTURE!

  18. cardinalsfan20 says:
    April 14, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    “What’s interesting is that Florio tried to cast doubt on the republican governor of Florida’s claim that the virus there may have started at the Super Bowl. When many people who went to the Super Bowl were from SF.”
    ____________

    Florida governor DeSantis made that claim in an attempt to justify his own inaction to protect the people of his state. This is the same guy who last week said that schools should reopen because he has not heard of any children contracting the virus. Of course that is false, and only goes to show DeSantis’s blatant disregard for the health of the students, their parents and grandparents, as well as the teachers, cafeteria workers, and custodians. Apparently DeSantis is unaware that asymptomatic people of any age can carry the virus.

    The pertinent question is why people like you and DeSantis are so eager to spread death to your fellow humans.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If you are going to speculate politically at least try to have accurate reasoning. You just read the slanted headlines and formed the opinion you were manipulated to form without once questioning the motives or even the accuracy of the people who share your ideology. We both know you didn’t read the full context of DeSantis’ quote because you misrepresented it here. That is what typically happens when people seek to feed their own confirmation bias rather than seek the facts to form an informed opinion. I don’t mean to be picking on you because you are not alone. Too many people on either side of any issue do this and it is not helpful at all.

  19. Kyle Shanahan says “no problem guys, it was the 4th quarter of a SB, i know what to do”!

  20. FinFan68 says:
    April 14, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    According to this site, the contention by Gov. DeSantis that the virus was likely present at the SuperBowl (and now the Chief’s parade as well) is very unlikely but not having a parade in SF because the 49ers lost somehow saved lives. This is just the typical unprovable mumbo jumbo designed to “validate” a political opinion. I do agree that no parade in SanFran probably saved lives but that is more due to not being exposed to the human waste and dirty needles littered throughout the city than the virus that was not detected within the state until the END of Feb.
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    FTW.

  21. collectordude says:
    April 14, 2020 at 11:29 am
    Victory parades are unnecessary.

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    Obvious Lions fan

  22. cardinalsfan20 says

    In addition, there was no ban on travel from China. Every US citizen that was in China was allowed back into the country, with no medical screening whatsoever. Approximately 400,000 people have arrived in the US from China since the alleged ban.

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    Not quite haha. While yes, if you were a US citizen in China you were able to come back. But no screening whatsoever? Not so much haha. Whether you forgot or are just leaving it out to add to your argument, people were held on military bases in California and I’m pretty sure in Texas as well for the mandatory 14 day quarantine period as soon as the travel ban took place. People from other countries outside of China were able to re enter the country without being screened.. which we could argue about. But for you to say all people were able to travel from China back to the US after the ban, well, that’s just false

  23. cardinalsfan20 says:
    The pertinent question is why people like you and DeSantis are so eager to spread death to your fellow humans.
    ******************
    DeSantis is too busy declaring professional wrestling as an essential activity – which is probably true for his low-information supporters- to be bothered with learning actual scientific facts.

  24. This is getting funny because I’m sure it was around for the NFC title game as well. With all the fear being instilled into this country I’m sure we won’t see a stadium full of people for at least two years.

  25. Patrick Mahomes the GOAT What a joke. Don’t put the kid in Canton yet.
    5 rings behind the real GOAT and you all know who that is.

  26. Here we go with the “could have”, “should have” game of personal opinion and speculation. Readers here are good at the “what if” scenarios.

    What if China warned everyone sooner?
    What if a massive outbreak stated in SF but prompted other states to react more quickly?
    What if a parade was held in KC but that turned KC into a outbreak eclipsing NYC?
    What if aliens landed and handed over a vaccine telling us “it isn’t time for human extinction yet”

  27. Michael E says:
    April 14, 2020 at 11:48 am

    And a couple of weeks after the Super Bowl, Pelosi was in SF telling everyone to go to Chinatown as she was trying to frame the China travel ban as racist.

    ——————————————————————

    And a few weeks after that the POTUS said it was only a handful of people had it and we’d be amazed at how quickly it’d be over. Point is – stop trying to politicize EVERYTHING.

  28. 6ringsandarapist says:
    April 14, 2020 at 11:25 am

    eh…anything bad for California is good for the rest of the country.

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    Oh you’re one of those complete and total morons we keep hearing about.

  29. Back in 1918 Philadelphia went ahead with a war bonds parade just as the Spanish Flu was hitting. Within 72 hours hospitals were overwhelmed and within a few weeks 12,000 locals had died.

  30. “The fact that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was, three weeks later, in Chinatown calling for everyone to gather to celebrate Chinese culture and claiming there was nothing to fear from the virus may shoot some holes in that theory.”

    That was right about the time that Trump was saying that “There are only 15 people infected. It will go away soon..down to zero. The virus claim is a Democrat hoax”

  31. “Patrick Mahomes the GOAT What a joke. Don’t put the kid in Canton yet.
    5 rings behind the real GOAT and you all know who that is.”

    Breaking News. Contrary to some opinions, NFL is found to be a team sport. A SB ring doesn’t make any player the best at anything.

    Having said that. Brady is a great QB. Mahomes is looking like he will be a Hall of Famer, but we will see.

  32. “We both know you didn’t read the full context of DeSantis’ quote because you misrepresented it here.”
    ____________

    Please, feel free to state the full content of DeSantis’s statement. While doing so, try to find anything there that contradicts these facts about his comments:

    1. He clearly stated that he was unaware of anyone of secondary school age and younger contracting the virus. He repeated that claim multiple times.

    We know that claim is demonstrably false. For example, a six month old has contracted the virus.

    2. He clearly stated that he saw “some value” in opening schools for two weeks at the end of the school year. However, he never stated what that value was or is.

    So tell us, what do you believe that he meant? Better yet, tell us what value you believe could be derived from such an opening, and how that value compares to the danger of spreading the virus in the petri dishes that are school classrooms. Tell us what benefits you see being derived from exposing teachers, parents, grandparents, etc. to infection.

    The bottom line is that ghouls like you and DeSantis are more interested in exposing your fellow humans to the virus than protecting people, all to advance your dangerous political agenda and/or to promote your perverse sense of “the economy” over people’s lives.

  33. That makes me feel better about The Bears choosing Trubisky over Mahomes. Ryan Pace is a hero

  34. Don’t forget about the lucky population of Santa Clara…..the city they actually play in.

  35. radar8 says:
    April 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    “The fact that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was, three weeks later, in Chinatown calling for everyone to gather to celebrate Chinese culture and claiming there was nothing to fear from the virus may shoot some holes in that theory.”

    That was right about the time that Trump was saying that “There are only 15 people infected. It will go away soon..down to zero. The virus claim is a Democrat hoax”

    ——————————————
    You are just about dishonest enough to work in the media.

    During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying “this is their new hoax.” He did not call the virus a hoax. You know when you have to lie to make your point you’re dead ass wrong.

  36. Patrick Mahomes is already the G.O.A.T …even Terry Bradshaw agrees
    ———-
    After ONE Super Bowl win?? That’s “wicked funny “! Seriously , he only needs to play in 9, win 6, two of which gave to be back to back to even be considered in the same conversation with TB12 the GOAT!

  37. Tom Brady 6 Super Bowl wins x 6 ******
    Sir Patrick Mahomes 1 Super Bowl win x 0 *

    Mahomes is the G.O.A.T

  38. Not the first Super Bowl the NFL conspired against the cheap York family … haha

  39. “While yes, if you were a US citizen in China you were able to come back. But no screening whatsoever? Not so much haha. Whether you forgot or are just leaving it out to add to your argument, people were held on military bases in California and I’m pretty sure in Texas as well for the mandatory 14 day quarantine period as soon as the travel ban took place.”
    __________

    Totally incorrect. There was no quarantine for anyone returning from China. They walked right off of the planes and into society, without any screening whatsoever. They were not screened because Trump did not want the number of virus victims in the US counted.

  40. Using rough estimates this easily saved 100 million lives by not spreading the disease…are at least thats what someone told me somewhere

  41. Trumps fault. At least that is what the media told me and I believe the media over facts.

  42. What about Pelosi begging people to visit and attend the parade in Chinatown in late late February? You know, because Trump’s Chinese travel ban was the ‘r’ word. Did that cost lives?

  43. When I read the headline I thought that the reason was gonna be from riots and looting but it being about coronavirus is a good point.

  44. cardinalsfan20 says:
    April 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm
    “We both know you didn’t read the full context of DeSantis’ quote because you misrepresented it here.”
    ____________

    Please, feel free to state the full content of DeSantis’s statement. While doing so, try to find anything there that contradicts these facts about his comments
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Hint: stop reading only headlines and tweets. That’s why most of the stuff you have posted here has been wrong. If you have actually looked at the source material and still believe what you posted then I cannot help you beyond recommending certain remedial reading comprehension progranms.

    Did you fix your screen name or are you just some troll impersonating a different commenter here. That actually explains a lot. Enjoy your disinformation effort. I’m sure there is somebody that believes you.

  45. Wow, gullible sheeps are fed more lies…..I seriously am getting sick of the National Fixed League.

  46. Patrick Mahomes is already the G.O.A.T …well, until he made that throw to Hill, he was the GOAT of the SB (his offensive line gave him a split second before Bosa was about to sack him))…Williams was the real MVP of the SB…

  47. Wait, I’m confused.
    If that had happened it would have been Trump’s fault.
    And that would have been a good thing, right?

  48. I have resigned myself to the fact that we will never go back to were we were in The United States or the world. I am not afraid but rather have to use common sense mixed with some paranoia to reach the conclusion that things will simply have to change in ways we never imagined. If this continues we may have games in all sports become pay per view televised events where their simply are no crowds where we will go on social media to cheer our teams. I also know that real time betting is coming soon where you set up and account and have a very short amount of time to place you wager(s) on line and can bet on almost every play. I’m excited for our future. Things will change because they simply have to. Reckless people will die off because they take risks in their behavior with other people who are reckless and eventually their “luck” runs out. If the 49ers had won that game it would have no only affected San Francisco and California, it would have effected the United States and possibly the world. Think about the people who would have flown or driven to the parade and then flew or drove back to wherever and then infected friends family coworkers other people in a movie theater or another sporting event. This was a real eye opening story in many ways. Thank You PFT.

  49. So Kansas City must be a hotbed. I mean, it has to be right? Because if SF would‘ be won, SF would’ve been hit hard.

    It’s just that KC is not a hotbed so….

    debunked news!

  50. Reckless people will die off because they take risks in their behavior with other people who are reckless and eventually their “luck” runs out.

    ———

    I hear what you’re saying but I was at Costco today because I had to buy groceries finally after 2 weeks.

    70% of the people there had masks on and were doing their part to try to stop the spread. The other 30% we’re straight I don’t care people like you’re talking about. The problem is masks only work when everybody is wearing them. My mask protects you and your mask protects me. If you’re not wearing a mask I am not protected.if you’re not wearing a mask you’re basically saying you don’t care if I get it from you.

    I’m not going to lie that upset me. Made me look at them differently… My enemy. Not wearing a mask and getting close to me is threatening.

    Good people are going to die because of the non mask-wearing I don’t care people. They will die too but they will take out good people with them and not even know it.

  51. I cant get enough of these Corona stories. Im eagerly awaiting the next one. Oh wait, its on every news channel 24/7 you say? YESSSSS.

  52. 6ringsandarapist says:
    April 14, 2020 at 11:25 am
    eh…anything bad for California is good for the rest of the country.

    —-
    So let’s pretend that California broke off and sank into the ocean. Guess how many states populated by fools like you it would take to make up the tax deficit? Enjoy your federal benefits? California pays for more of them than any other state.

  53. I HATE wearing the mask, I really do. In NJ though, where I live, you arent allowed to enter a grocery store or any other establishment, without some sort of face covering.

    There are actually states where you DONT have to do that? I ignorantly thought that the entire country was doing this.

  54. jmethane says:

    April 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Reckless people will die off because they take risks in their behavior with other people who are reckless and eventually their “luck” runs out.

    ———

    I hear what you’re saying but I was at Costco today because I had to buy groceries finally after 2 weeks.

    70% of the people there had masks on and were doing their part to try to stop the spread. The other 30% we’re straight I don’t care people like you’re talking about. The problem is masks only work when everybody is wearing them. My mask protects you and your mask protects me. If you’re not wearing a mask I am not protected.if you’re not wearing a mask you’re basically saying you don’t care if I get it from you.

    I’m not going to lie that upset me. Made me look at them differently… My enemy. Not wearing a mask and getting close to me is threatening.

    Good people are going to die because of the non mask-wearing I don’t care people. They will die too but they will take out good people with them and not even know it.
    ——-
    Are masks readily available in an abundance and easy to find where you are? I know their not where I’m at and that seems to be the case many of places

  55. FinFan68 says:

    “Hint: stop reading only headlines and tweets. That’s why most of the stuff you have posted here has been wrong. If you have actually looked at the source material and still believe what you posted then I cannot help you beyond recommending certain remedial reading comprehension progranms.

    Did you fix your screen name or are you just some troll impersonating a different commenter here. That actually explains a lot. Enjoy your disinformation effort. I’m sure there is somebody that believes you.”
    _______

    Hint: Try responding to what DeSantis said and did (or didn’t do). You have had two opportunities to respond to accurate information about what he said regarding opening schools after claiming that I was not considering the entire context of his remarks. So far all you have done is babble about headlines and tweets.

    The bottom line is that you do not care about your fellow humans. You are more interested in defending DeSantis’s and Trump’s failures to address a pandemic.

    With respect to screen names, this has been mine for several years. There is nothing to fix. The other poster you are referring to started using a one symbol rip off a few weeks ago. You knew that, of course, because you’ve been around here for several years also.

  56. Codylaws says:
    April 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm
    But they’re still one of the states with most deaths.

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    Wow, so you’re saying that the state with the most people has some of the most affected? You are a genius.

  57. Niners should get a compensatory pick as a result of their saving all of those lives.

  58. So would the canceling of Madri Gras in the Big Easy. The safe states were those that were deep in the interior of the country, with few tourist attractions and sparse populations.

  59. “It may go down in the annals as being a brutal sports loss, but one that may have saved lives,” Dr. Bob Wachter, the chairman of the UCSF department of medicine, told Beaton and Cohen.
    __________________________________

    One person’s opinion that can’t in any way be proven! But it’s news-worthy?

  60. Sunday Swami says:
    April 14, 2020 at 6:36 pm
    jmethane says:

    April 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Reckless people will die off because they take risks in their behavior with other people who are reckless and eventually their “luck” runs out.

    ———

    I hear what you’re saying but I was at Costco today because I had to buy groceries finally after 2 weeks.

    70% of the people there had masks on and were doing their part to try to stop the spread. The other 30% we’re straight I don’t care people like you’re talking about. The problem is masks only work when everybody is wearing them. My mask protects you and your mask protects me. If you’re not wearing a mask I am not protected.if you’re not wearing a mask you’re basically saying you don’t care if I get it from you.
    _______________________________________

    OR maybe, just maybe it’s because there are some people out there just like me, they can’t breath in those mask so if it comes to me breathing or not I elect to breath so I don’t wear a mask, simple as that! But by all means judge everyone the same even though most people know everyone is different, except you and a few others.

  61. I am not sure, but the parade might not have been allowed because of the pandemic.

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