Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that without testing, sports may not be back soon

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top public health expert, said in an interview with the New York Times that it might be difficult for major sports to resume play this year.

Fauci tied any comeback to widespread testing with quick results, something that’s talked about often but isn’t yet avaialble.

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Fauci said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”

Leagues are working through options for how to get back to games, with or without fans in the seats. Fauci himself said he’d only feel comfortable returning to a stadium when the level of infection is lower than it is now. The United States topped the 1 million-confirmed case threshold Tuesday.

“What we need to do is get it, as a country and as individual locations, under control,” Fauci said. “That sometimes takes longer than you would like, and if we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we try to get back to normal, including being able to play baseball in the summer and football in the fall and basketball in the winter, that when we do come back to some form of normality, we do it gradually and carefully. And when cases do start to rebound — which they will, no doubt — that we have the capability of identifying, isolating and contact tracing.”

As it pertains to the NFL, there’s at least the benefit of more time, as options including a delayed start to the season have already been discussed. With NBA and NHL seasons stopped midway, and MLB in spring training when shutdowns began because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a more current problem. NASCAR could return in late May, if problems in the areas where races are scheduled don’t get worse.

80 responses to “Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that without testing, sports may not be back soon

  1. It’s frustrating to hear the mantra “testing” with no practical solution on its frequency.

  2. Until we have those test available we are not going to be able to do much without putting ourselves at risk. Get used to the new normal and stay healthy.

  3. According to the President there is plenty of testing capability and everyone who wants one can get it. It’s the states fault not everyone has been tested. ::sarcasm::

    I can see a scenario where the NFL plays in front of empty stadiums this year. It will be hard enough testing the players regularly and frankly going to a game was already more expensive than buying a new TV so might as well watch it on the TV.

    Between the stadium construction and the Casinos not bringing in business, Las Vegas is so screwed until a vaccine is found.

  4. Antibody testing is showing that many more people had the virus then previously reported.
    New York State sampling indicates that anywhere from 15-25% of the population has antibodies for Covid-19 . This greatly increases the denominator when calculating the all important death rate, and makes it far lower then previously thought. New York State alone is now believed to have had over 3 Million cases. Nationwide many Millions more. This should lead to a policy shift at some point. The whole reason for the quarantine / shelter in place was because of the perceived high death rate. We know who are the most vulnerable. They should continue to shelter in place and restrictions on the rest of the population should be lifted.

  5. President Fauci has been using faulty projections to get Dr. Gates his vaccine. What happened to “we’re two weeks from the peak” back in mid march?.

    Every time there’s good news Fauci and WHO put a damper on it. I’m sure Dr. Gates’ billions have nothing to do with that.

  6. These are some strange days. Dr. Fauci has decided this … O.K. Even in a controlled environment this can’t be accomplished four months from now? Understandable, the players health is at risk. Good thing my cashier at the grocery has that plastic shield at check out I was starting to get worried about her.

  7. “and if we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago.”

    A. This presumes September is premature; he has decided this already. No one can see into the future, including him. Yet he’s already making determinations that September is premature before even August is here.

    B. The phrase, “we can only” supports the above; He’s now making deterinations before all facts naturally roll in.

    “that when we do come back to some form of normality, we do it gradually and carefully.”

    He has also said we should be in our current state until there are no new cases because any type of public interraction is “risk behavior”. There will never be no new cases however.

    “..that we have the capability of identifying, isolating and contact tracing.”

    “contact tracing”. You be the judge of that means, and then be the judge about if it is ok to question. Questioning is just that; questioning. Questioning does not mean rioting or dissent. Questioning means looking all around for a full spectrum of information. I need it explained to me why that’s wrong in this situation we’re all in together.

  8. Can’t wait to see the comments from out of shape guys who played high school football on this topic.

    Face reality there is going to be no football and baseball this year. aNo college sports as well

  9. Fauci can make any proclamation he wants; if he or any of his compatriots think that Americans are going to spend their summer in self-quarantine, he’s in for a rude awakening come June 1. The restart for sporting events will follow after that (with some changes).

    A different approach is going to be taken, whether initiated by Fauci (doubtful), other health experts, or middle America itself. Identifying and pushing for the self-quarantine of those vulnerable to effects of the virus is the most logical step forward, and a much better long-term approach than the push for a continuous shutdown and self-quarantine of everyone with no end in sight. The result will be new rules for attending sporting events like football games, and admitting only those not considered vulnerable to the effects of the virus.

    Baseball, basketball and hockey have already lost part of their seasons (the latter two the most interesting part). Americans are going to have their football come the fall, even if it has a later start, and there’s nothing Dr. Fauci will be able to do to stop it.

  10. I live in Minnesota and entities like Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota (among a few others) say they’re capable of testing nearly 20,000 people per day. They are only testing around 1700 people per day. Testing remains the #1 need before we can return to any type of normalcy, yet we’re not testing anywhere near our full capacity. This confuses me a great deal.

  11. Certainly we all want what is safest for all concerned. However at this point US society is collectively looking at this pandemic and the numbers and what the response has been and is sratching its head at all the inconsistencies here.

    Personally I think we have suffered enough. The numbers do not justify the inconsistent responses and lockdown. Dr. Anthony Fauci and co. need to come up with a much more efficient way flatten the spread of the virus not the general one size fits all just don’t work/live/or move mentality where we stop living as a nation.

    Enough is enough,let’s get creative, time to bring back some life and some NFL in a safe way.

  12. I’m sure Dick Butkus, Ray Nitchske, Jack Lambert, Lawrence Taylor and others would have listened to Fauci types. Instead of kicking gluteus and taking names.

  13. if not for yourself, wear a mask to protect others.
    some don’t believe in science.But their folly becomes your problem were you to come into contact with them.
    Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading a host of contagious diseases–not just Covid-19.

  14. There is a reality that seems to be avoided and I can’t help but think we are part of a science experiment. The virus is in our environment and will be a danger until we have sufficient immunity to prevent it from spreading. The same is true for many other contagious diseases such as mumps. As more data is crunched the mortality rate goes down and contributing factors such as obesity, diabetes and non-aggressive early treatment contribute to the death rate. The flu kills 55,000 people a year even with vaccines and unfortunately anti-vaxxers may actually lower the immunity threshold for previously contained diseases such as measles and mumps. So really we are always at risk of contracting a contagious disease when we are around people. The lessons of personal hygiene, don’t touch your face, wash your hands are what will protect us all and prevent the spread now and the same in 1918. If we don’t return to normal the consequences for public health will be overwhelming as all other medically necessary procedures have come to a halt. If someone is too stupid to practice good hygiene then Darwin has a place for them.

  15. All it will take is one player to get infected during the season and it’s over.The truth of the matter is things won’t get back to normal until we have a vaccine.

  16. There’s one thing I want. I want athletes to get NO special favors in regard to testing than the rest of us get.
    I love sports, but the athletes deserve no special privileges over the rest of us.

  17. But…but we’re testing millions every day. I heard Trump say that this morning. It’s been fantastic!

  18. Is anyone here concerned with player safety? The reality is we need more testing. For the USA to be so great other countries like NZ, SK, Germany, and Vietnam have rolled out better national approaches. We let states decide and here we are. Once we relax the guidelines there’s going to be an uptick. The flu may kill 55k in a year, this virus has done it in a couple months. Folks brought up the swine flu, 60M were infected and 12k died during a 12 month period. 45 has continuously dropped the ball to find scapegoats.

  19. I live in Minnesota and entities like Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota (among a few others) say they’re capable of testing nearly 20,000 people per day. They are only testing around 1700 people per day. Testing remains the #1 need before we can return to any type of normalcy, yet we’re not testing anywhere near our full capacity. This confuses me a great deal.

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    People dont want to get tested if they are showing symptoms. Thats because if you are found positive, you are automatically quaranteed for 14 days in most places, and no one wants that, particularly if they are still working, single parents, or just dont want it.

    Plus we are being told NOT to get tested unless showing symptoms because of the lack of tests. Again, no consistent answers from our leaders on what we should be doing

  20. We’re getting very close to a tipping point where we stop looking at hypothetical models (that have been inconsistent at best) and start looking at the actual data we have. And the data we have points to the fact that those who are under 65 and have no underlying health conditions will largely suffer no serious consequences from this virus. By continuing these lockdowns, we’re just prolonging this virus’s stay with us even longer. Protect those at risk, the rest sort through this via herd immunity.

    We’re ignoring many other non-covid health risks by forcing people to avoid going to the doctor and hospitals. How many will needlessly die of cancer or heart disease for example because they didn’t get treatment?

    The cold hard facts are that people die every day. 7,500-8,000 Americans on average per day even before covid. No one likes death and it affects all of us personally, but as we all know, death is a fact of life. We are mitigating this from a covid standpoint now it’s time to think of it from a non-covid standpoint.

  21. Their are no guarantees of safety in life. We can do our best to be safe, but expecting a guarantee is unreasonable.

  22. You’re absolutely right. Having sports is more important…unless it happens to be your loved one that’s affected and lost.

  23. The whole reason for the quarantine / shelter in place was because of the perceived high death rate. ( Not to keep people from getting sick ) Early in the crisis, Dr. Fauci said the reason for the quarantine was that the death rate was 10 times higher than the Flu. The shutdown was certainly justified with those beliefs. As more data becomes available and we see that the death rate is moving closer to Flu levels at what point do we move on ?
    Data has been skewed higher as a recent NY Times article documented 3700 patients were assumed to have died of Covid even though none were tested. Regular Flu deaths have disappeared since February, Why ? Are they now being included in Covid numbers ?
    Continue to accumulate data. Make sure it is accurate. Then let policy be dictated by what is known now, not what was predicted by a model 2 months ago.

  24. The economy has to get back going. Let them play if the players are worried about catching it more than making millions they are grown men and can choose to go work a job they would make less at but perhaps feel safer doing. The disease has a very low mortality rate less than 1% anyone that wants to can go shelter at home while the economy restarts.

  25. How about our leaders start leading and get on the same page. How about we set up a plan or some rules, or something instead of all this flip flopping.

    You have the president trying to open sports back up and forming committees on how to do it,meanwhile Fauci is saying that we cannot do it until we have the proper testing.

    Which is it?

  26. armbrister75 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 8:34 am
    We’re getting very close to a tipping point where we stop looking at hypothetical models (that have been inconsistent at best) and start looking at the actual data we have. And the data we have points to the fact that those who are under 65 and have no underlying health conditions will largely suffer no serious consequences from this virus. By continuing these lockdowns, we’re just prolonging this virus’s stay with us even longer. Protect those at risk, the rest sort through this via herd immunity.

    Unfortunately there many of those who had no underlying health conditions who have died or been put into induced comas. We cannot assume people under 65 will survive this or avoid other health issues. Underlying health issues is a general term. It could litterally be asthma which many people have who are healthy otherwise. Death is a part of life but no one likes the idea of those in power picking and choosing who gets to live or die. That isn’t freedom or Liberty at all. The planet has dealt with plagues before in history. Its now our turn.

  27. armbrister75 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 8:34 am
    We’re getting very close to a tipping point where we stop looking at hypothetical models (that have been inconsistent at best) and start looking at the actual data we have. And the data we have points to the fact that those who are under 65 and have no underlying health conditions will largely suffer no serious consequences from this virus. By continuing these lockdowns, we’re just prolonging this virus’s stay with us even longer. Protect those at risk, the rest sort through this via herd immunity.

    We’re ignoring many other non-covid health risks by forcing people to avoid going to the doctor and hospitals. How many will needlessly die of cancer or heart disease for example because they didn’t get treatment?

    The cold hard facts are that people die every day. 7,500-8,000 Americans on average per day even before covid. No one likes death and it affects all of us personally, but as we all know, death is a fact of life. We are mitigating this from a covid standpoint now it’s time to think of it from a non-covid standpoint.
    *******
    Incredible post, and I mean that sincerely. Poverty is a very real possibility for millions of American and that carries a scary death toll as well.

  28. He’s right. So why put kids back in schools? They care about athletes safety more than kids? Just a question.

  29. I don’t know how this would be possible in football.
    If Cousins gets it, his entire offensive line and receivers and running backs should be quarantined for 14 days.

  30. I like the people that tout “testing”. Like that actually means anything. Aside from getting the number of tests we would need. Aside from the fact that labs cant handle that many tests. There are 350 million people in America. You are gonna need to test 350 million people, every 5 days… Yeah, sure. I’m sure thats possible.

    Now, factor in international travel. Even if we think we have gotten rid of the virus in America, someone will bring it back with them after they went to wherever on vacation. And then we are back to testing 350 million people, every 5 days.

  31. But the gas station clerks and grocery store workers making $10 an hour are good to go. It’s funny how the most essential workers are the lowest paid and vice versa.

  32. The world has been thru things like this before, and never has the world reacted like this before. The Asian flu, the swine flu, H1N1 which killed over 240,000 people worldwide back in 2009-2010, and we had NO LOCK DOWN, and NO SOCIAL DISTANCING.

  33. There are segments rooting for the total destruction of society. So when is the best time to come out – Next month? Next year? Three years, from a week ago, the day before, last Tuesday?

    As in everything and in all illness, take your precautions and live your life. Those who are vulnerable to specific outbreaks, elderly and underlying med problem (me being one of those) take your precautions.

    I am on board with face coverings on planes. For as long as I have been flying my first thought is “Lot of germs circulating in this tube”

  34. Let’s cut to the core issue: Money. The three networks, minus ABC, pay the NFL approximately $3 billion a year to televise the games. With that much scratch dangling perilously, I’m guessing the league and the NFLPA (the players have a desire to be paid) will find a way. The most extreme solution: No fans, players tested frequently — three or four times a week — and the sequestering of teams, the home teams as well as the vistors, in hosed-down hotels. That Matterhorn of cash will simply not go begging. There will be a season.

  35. golions1 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 7:46 am
    If safety trumped everything, we wouldn’t drive cars.
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    EXACTLY

  36. We need to have antibodies testing as well. There is a significant amount of # of people who were sick in January-February and showed all the symptoms of wha we are now being told is Covid. My wife even went to the doctors and had a flu test come out negative cause she was having trouble breathing. We need to start opening America back up. Keep the nursing homes closed, elderly be cautious, those with immune compromised as well. Again, antibodies testing is key. Makes me wonder what the epidemiologist are predicting of those infected

  37. I’m cool for having football without butts in the seats at the stadium. I mostly watch on t.v. or online anyway.

  38. Key point is they’re already playing baseball without fans in Asia and they have no better testing than we do currently. If it goes off successfully there without creating any outbreaks you can bet it’ll get the greenlight over here. Florida let them continue taping wrestling as an “essential” activity so any doubt MLB, NFL, etc. would get approved?

  39. Unless you’re experiencing really bad breathing problems or are one of the very lucky few who are able to get in a drive up testing, you’re not getting tested. I’ve been sick for a week and I can’t get tested.

  40. If Faucci has his way we will remain isolated for another 18 months. To date, their models have been dead wrong, and yet we have let their proclamations lead us to shutting down our entire economy. Who exactly is this un-elected bureaucrat?

    Look, if you are at high risk or otherwise afraid, by all means, you should isolate yourself. Stay inside for 18 more months until we have a vaccine. But let the rest of us get back to our lives.

  41. “The Asian flu, the swine flu, H1N1 which killed over 240,000 people worldwide back in 2009-2010, and we had NO LOCK DOWN, and NO SOCIAL DISTANCING.”

    Did 55,000 Americans die in two months?

  42. Dallas County only tested 2% of the people and found thousands of cases. It would not be safe going to a Cow game.

  43. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”
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    That statement/mentality is why the doctor does not make policy. There are no guarantees. You cannot even “guarantee” safety in your own house because any number of random things can happen (slip & falls), electrical fires, gas leaks, etc.) Fauci is dealing with the the virus issue in a vacuum without considering other implications. His statements are based on projections (guesses) and what ifs that give too much weight to the worst case scenario end of the scale. He has not talked about eradicating the virus because he knows that is not happening. Instead he speaks about mitigating the virus and flattening the curve (impact on hospitals not deaths from the virus). That process, that he willingly admits to, completely undermines his statement I listed here. It is never about a guarantee. The decision to hold/go to sports events, like all such decisions, are based on risk management. The science and actual data (not projections) shows that this virus is not as dangerous as the experts claimed it was and the decisions should now be made based on the actual data rather than the sky is falling what if scenarios that drive the panic for profit of some at the expense of all. Play the games and let us choose how much risk we as individuals are willing to take.

  44. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 7:12 am
    Antibody testing is showing that many more people had the virus then previously reported.
    New York State sampling indicates that anywhere from 15-25% of the population has antibodies for Covid-19 . This greatly increases the denominator when calculating the all important death rate, and makes it far lower then previously thought. New York State alone is now believed to have had over 3 Million cases. Nationwide many Millions more. This should lead to a policy shift at some point. The whole reason for the quarantine / shelter in place was because of the perceived high death rate. We know who are the most vulnerable. They should continue to shelter in place and restrictions on the rest of the population should be lifted.

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    We’ll see.

    There’s evidence that existing antibody (serological) tests have a relatively high false-positive rate. This means the results will suggest far more people have antibodies than is actually true — i.e., it’ll look as if more people have been exposed than is true, which would falsely inflate the denominator you’re talking about. This isn’t just me saying it. There are plenty of reputable outlets (Scientific American, Science) and organizations (the Infectious Diseases Society of America) that have highlighted this.

  45. KoolAidFree says:
    April 29, 2020 at 9:27 am
    The world has been thru things like this before, and never has the world reacted like this before. The Asian flu, the swine flu, H1N1 which killed over 240,000 people worldwide back in 2009-2010, and we had NO LOCK DOWN, and NO SOCIAL DISTANCING.
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    This is different because this is an illusion, something much bigger is lurking and being worked on as we “stay home.”

    By the time it makes sense to the masses though it’ll be too late to do anything about it, unfortunately.

  46. Someone should tell the president that more testing is needed, I’m sure he’ll get right on that.

  47. The only point that made any sense about the lock down was to prevent the hospitals from getting overwhelmed with ICU patients and to gather statistical data on this relatively unknown disease. The hospitals are not overwhelmed right now, even in NYC. And we know for a fact that healthy people under 65 have very little risk of dying from this disease. So it’s time to let us come out of our homes and get back to living our lives.

  48. uncommon1 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 7:34 am
    I live in Minnesota and entities like Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota (among a few others) say they’re capable of testing nearly 20,000 people per day. They are only testing around 1700 people per day. Testing remains the #1 need before we can return to any type of normalcy, yet we’re not testing anywhere near our full capacity. This confuses me a great deal
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    The capacity to test 20,000 per day means the most they can do in a day is 20,000 tests IF they have the test kits. If they’re only doing 1700 a day it sounds like they may not have enough test kits.

  49. How about our leaders start leading and get on the same page. How about we set up a plan or some rules, or something instead of all this flip flopping.

    You have the president trying to open sports back up and forming committees on how to do it,meanwhile Fauci is saying that we cannot do it until we have the proper testing.

    Which is it?
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    Fauci is not in charge. He is an advisor, but he does not make the final decisions.

  50. No one is expecting fans at games this year but you can certainly control player movement and take measures. What you can’t do is wait for a perfect result and have no economy to return to

  51. Fauci is one member of this pandemic team reporting to Trump.

    Fauci is a Dr. – of course he’s going to give a purely medical opinion.

    Other members of Trump’s team are political leaders and business people should offer opinions based on their respective expertise

    And then Trump, as the President and leader of this team, should take all of the input into account and arrive at the best decisions for the country.

    To date I assume that is what is happening – certainly Trump can overrule Fauci on anything if he believes the approach is wrong.

  52. ‘Soon’
    To some that’s next week.
    To others June.
    To others July 4th. (Pay attention to that date)
    To others soon means the NFL starting in time.

    As a Brix says soon, what is soon to her?

    ‘Soon’ is a worthless non Commital word in this application.

  53. 1. many deaths are probably due to Covid19 that we don’t know about, instead attributing them to pneumonia or something else.

    2. Some people require expensive hosptalization.

    3. Of those who get severe symptoms and recover there may be lasting heart, lung, and other damage. Its not like getting over a cold.

    4. The antibody test kits are probably not nearly as accurate as they need to be. They have a high false positive rate and may be only 95% accurate, menaing that 5% of those tested who haven’t gotten Covid19 will show up as having had it.

    5. For some of the tests the people selected aren’t random they may be volunteers, thus creating bias. The people most likely to volunteer are those who are sick or think they may have had it, skewing the numbers upward compared to a neutral random sampling.

    6. If you test a confined area like a prison or homeless shelter, where it’s much easier for Covid19 to spread it’s not surprising you find a higher level of infection.

    7. Having said all this, it’s certainly possible that there are far more asymptotic cases than we suspected, and the disease isn’t as bad as we feared. Its still very bad, but maybe not as disastrous as we initially feared.

    The bottom line is we don’t have good testing kits, they are expensive, take too long, and we still don’t have enough information about Covid19.

    Plan for reopening critical industries, but don’t prematurely do anything.
    Don’t open theaters or sporting events unless you want an influx of patients to hospitals and more deaths.

  54. jsm08 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 7:26 am
    President Fauci has been using faulty projections to get Dr. Gates his vaccine. What happened to “we’re two weeks from the peak” back in mid march?.
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    What happened to it? Are you kidding? Non-essential morons simply can’t understand that their actions are impacting everyone. Same ole American BS, me before everyone else.

  55. they keep moving the goal posts. once Testing is universal they will say that no Sports until we have a Vaccine. see you in 2021

  56. My prediction:

    – Games start in October/ November
    – Stadiums will only be allowed 50% occupancy, with spacing between fans
    – All fans tested prior to entry

  57. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 7:12 am
    …The whole reason for the quarantine / shelter in place was because of the perceived high death rate….
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    That is not correct. The death rate remains unchanged regardless of any quarantine or not. The reason for the quarantine was to reduce the impact on hospitals by stretching out the number of hospitalizations over months rather than all at once. If the virus would have caused 1 million hospitalizations, the total would be the same but instead of 1 million in one month (not enough beds) it is 250k each month for 4 months (enough beds). That is the same number of cases and deaths. The hospitals were able to manage the caseloads but are now realizing the cost was potential bankruptcies due to the lack of income from treatment not being provided (elective surgeries, emergency room visits, periodic doctor visits, etc. along with all the other supply line disruptions caused by the panic and quarantines.

  58. mhouser1922 says:
    April 29, 2020 at 9:53 am
    Let’s cut to the core issue: Money. The three networks, minus ABC, pay the NFL approximately $3 billion a year to televise the games. With that much scratch dangling perilously, I’m guessing the league and the NFLPA (the players have a desire to be paid) will find a way. The most extreme solution: No fans, players tested frequently — three or four times a week — and the sequestering of teams, the home teams as well as the vistors, in hosed-down hotels. That Matterhorn of cash will simply not go begging. There will be a season.
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    If you have to stay closed you have to stay closed. Look at Disney and Universal theme Parks, How much $$ are they losing and they aren’t reopening anytime soon. Huge Money doesn’t always get what it wants

  59. “Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading a host of contagious diseases–not just Covid-19”

    Are you really going to spend the rest of your life wearing a mask in public? Do it if you want, but I’m not going to.

  60. The problem with the whole testing argument is that there isn’t one reliable test. There are several tests, each with varying rates of false positives and false negatives. This problem is compounded by delayed results. Someone may get tested, but not get the results for a week or longer. And how would that person know whether the result, positive or negative, is not false?

    Any effective vaccine is at least a year away. So, we have no idea how many people have been infected, or are asymptomatic carriers infecting others, or how many died from this disease. All the numbers and reports are questionable. But do not doubt the fatality of this coronavirus; in the last month, it’s killed more people than influenza killed over several months. And that’s across all age groups, more or less in certain sections of the population, just like the flu, but still.

    This is a particularly nasty novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. And the disease it causes, COVID-19, affects not just the lungs, but the heart and other organs as well. We know so little about it, and the science is just catching up. In the middle of a pandemic, that’s like being down 14 points at halftime, with no plan or adjustments.

    The federal government under this administration really screwed the pooch on this one. And it’s only going to get worse, because there is no leadership, no plan, no adjustments. Only ever increasing infections and deaths.

    Honestly, I don’t think there will be an NFL season this year. However, I have no doubt the NFL will find a way. There’s too much money involved. With everyone sequestered in their homes, what is there to do but watch television? And television contracts are all-important to the NFL.

    My question is, will any of the teams be able to hold OTAs or training camp? I mean, it takes a lot of time, study, practice, and training to prepare for an NFL game. What about the pre-season? That’s when veterans, rookies and draft picks learn how to play at real speed in game time.

    If there are no OTAs, no training camps, no preseason, what do expect the teams to be at the start of the season? Sloppy, unprepared, out of shape, not worth watching. Playing in empty stadiums just for television revenue?

    The NFL will find a way, of that I have no doubt. But what about the product on the field? That’s a secondary consideration compared to money. What about player, coach, and fan health? That’s a secondary consideration compared to money.

    Go to a football game, support your team, at your peril.

  61. Fans in stadiums or not, NFL will still go on. It’s a TV sport and too much money to lose. Like it or not, this country will soon get back to business and deal with virus accordingly.

  62. Testing is overrated… You can contract the virus during the time it takes your negative results to get back.

  63. i think we’ve seen just how superfluous the other sports are. but, if there’s no football, there will be an uprising not seen in these parts since the 1700s.

  64. This is different because this is an illusion, something much bigger is lurking and being worked on as we “stay home.”

    By the time it makes sense to the masses though it’ll be too late to do anything about it, unfortunately.

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    Who is working on it? Tell us. Please.

  65. To all of the Dr. Fauci haters here, he is just using facts and analytics. If he was making this stuff up the president would have fired him by now. Until you have a family member or close friend come down with the virus, you should really try and learn some empathy instead of your selfish need to watch football

  66. Dr. Fauci is a politician to the bone. When do I get a chance to vote him out? Every time something positive happens, he comes right out and dumps on it. And when does this guy actually work? He’s on TV all day every day, and doing every other podcast. I’m done with him.

  67. No worries. Few of these sissy’s have any notable motivation to return. They get paid either way.

    You won’t see any games, in any sport, for quite a while.

  68. There’s never been a vaccine for any of the 7 known human coronaviruses. Ever. Everyone has failed. every time. That doesn’t mean there never will be a vaccine but its a little like wishing for a unicorn for your birthday.

  69. Ask 10 doctors a question and you’ll get 5 different answers. People have been working and playing while 100’s of different viruses affected the world since the beginning of humanity. Let’s not start now simply because of the media frenzy.

  70. And there has also been new legislation drafted that makes it a crime if you dare to question anything regarding this man and what he has said.

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