Fighter tests positive one day before UFC 249

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After tapping out of UFC 249 last month when ESPN and Disney placed Dana White in a financial submission hold, the event will proceed tonight. Even though one of the fighters has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ronald Souza is out. And everyone else is in. And that’s what will happen with sports in the age of COVID-19.

California governor Gavin Newsom, who could see his state’s teams play in other states this season if he won’t let them play there, recently raised the question of what will happen if a key NFL player tests positive. And the answer will be the same as it was for the UFC: The player who tests positive will be shut down, quickly and decisively, and everyone else will proceed as usual.

That’s why readily available and efficient diagnostic testing will become so critical to the NFL. Every team facility will essentially need an airlock at the front door, into which every player, coach, etc. will enter and take a test. If the test is negative, the door will open. If the test is positive, the quarantine procedures will activate.

The biggest potential flaw becomes false negatives. If a person who has the virus tests as not having the virus and if that person passes through the airlock and enters the Petri dish that the locker room, one person with the virus could quickly become 20 or 30 or more.

With 32 teams playing 16 games and conducting multiple practices per week, it’s inevitable that players will test positive. It could be inevitable that one of those infected players tests negative and, in turn, infects others.

Presumably, the NFL has considered this possibility. Presumably, the NFL has a plan for that eventuality. Hopefully, the NFL will have effective procedures for ensuring that anyone who has the virus will be quickly detected and removed from the team long enough to ensure that the virus won’t spread like wildfire through his team and, even worse, into another team if the player with the virus ends up playing in a game.

32 responses to “Fighter tests positive one day before UFC 249

  1. Man, if one locker room gets it a week before the game that team is hosed.

  2. The other thing to think about are the players in the meeting rooms. If teams were smart, they would separate their starting QB and backup QB and not have them in the same meeting rooms. Can you imagine the outcry if a team has both their QB and backup QB come down with COVID and be out for the same game? If both QBs on the same team are out does the game get cancelled or do they have to play with a third backup? All questions that need to be addressed especially from a competitive standpoint.

  3. If teams were smart, they would separate their starting QB and backup QB and not have them in the same meeting rooms.

    That won’t be a problem for the Packers

  4. 80% of diagnosed cases are mild or asymptomatic. Inevitable is exactly the right term.

  5. Who would have thought something so small like this virus, that can’t even be seen will be strong enough to knock out a UFC fighter.

  6. Why not just test them in the parking lot before they get anywhere near the stadium?

  7. Or, you know, let’s just go back to life as normal, and build herd immunity to this damn thing.

  8. Why not have him wear a mask? Isn’t that what’s been programmed in folks minds? Wearing a mask keeps one from spreading the virus. If the response is to not let the person play, then what’s the point of these stupid masks?

  9. As soon as one player contracts the virus, all of the players (and maybe the coaches) will have to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. How will they be able to function?

    I give the teams kudos for trying to make it work…and I hope that they are successful. The odds are pretty slim, though.

  10. That fighter had a family member that had it. They have been monitoring him since the beginning as he reported it himself. It’s not like this was a big surprise.

  11. Good. This is nonsense, and Dana is a self-serving jerk. Back off, Dude.

  12. Not sure how this relates to football my it surely relates to PFT’s negativism and hard-to-believe hope that the NFL isn’t played.

  13. amyisraelchai1 says:
    May 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    Why not have him wear a mask? Isn’t that what’s been programmed in folks minds? Wearing a mask keeps one from spreading the virus. If the response is to not let the person play, then what’s the point of these stupid masks?
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    The mask help to reduce the spread, but it only helps. The virus can spread from people even if they wear masks. that’s why it is recommended that everyone wear a mask AND stay at least 6 feet away from others.

    We now have over 80,000 Americans that died from this virus and it is not slowing doen.

  14. amyisraelchai1 says:
    May 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    Why not have him wear a mask? Isn’t that what’s been programmed in folks minds? Wearing a mask keeps one from spreading the virus. If the response is to not let the person play, then what’s the point of these stupid masks?
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    Yes it helps spread the virus in normal public situations. Not from grappling half naked with another person.

  15. amyisraelchai1 says:
    May 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    Why not have him wear a mask? Isn’t that what’s been programmed in folks minds? Wearing a mask keeps one from spreading the virus. If the response is to not let the person play, then what’s the point of these stupid masks?

    ***************************************************************************

    Brilliant idea. Not like boxers ever get hit in the face or anything. And even if they did, I’m sure a mask is going to stay on after getting hit dozens of times. Doesn’t seem like anything bad happen at all.

  16. jasons81 says:
    May 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm
    If teams were smart, they would separate their starting QB and backup QB and not have them in the same meeting rooms.

    That won’t be a problem for the Packers
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    Another failed attempt at humor by a Packers hater.

  17. I could see an enterprising team like the Pats using coronavirus to gain a competitive advantage

  18. Given a legitimate look at the numbers of people that actually die from CV19 and not as CV19 with a co-morbidity – like saying he tested positive for acne.

    People are dying but I bet over 1/2 that number died with CV19 not BECAUSE of CV19. Factor in medical mistakes which is a leading cause of death, pandemic or not – it really isn’t something that should worry most people.

    And yes, I’m in my 60’s.

  19. Funny that no where is it stated that dude tested positive, but was COMPLETELY ASYMPTOMATIC!!!!???? Just decided to try and feed the fear with small portions of the truth. That’s right people, everyone get super scared for something that has infected .3% of the USA and has killed way less than that.

    This is all fear people. It’s literally crazy that we have 14% unemployment rate for this because people keep spreading the fear.

  20. There will have to be discussion on teams forfeiting games. There should be roster expansions allowed with some sequestered players set aside to fill gaps. Teams will be incentivized to hide positive tests. You think an asymptomatic but positively tested Tom Brady will ever sit if he’sfeeling fine?

  21. Looks like the Right-Wing agitators, trolls and operatives have infiltrated the PFT message boards to sow dissent and shape public opinion, as they have in every other message board over the last 5 years or so.

  22. I just rewatched the Vikings/Seahawks game in Seattle from December 2, 2019. Joe Tessitore mentions during the first quarter right before the Seahawks first touchdown that eight players were battling the flu bug all week. It’s probably 50/50 they were battling Coronavirus and nobody died.

  23. If only one of the leagues was so tied in with this current administration, they could push for testing access for ALL AMERICANS.

    If only there were such a league…

  24. bsandersupthesidelinecutsbackinside says:
    May 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Looks like the Right-Wing agitators, trolls and operatives have infiltrated the PFT message boards to sow dissent and shape public opinion, as they have in every other message board over the last 5 years or so.
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    You are proven correct when Trump predictably made his statement as a preempt to the show tonight. It’s loony tunes. Hey, nothing to see here Covid is totally under control. Meanwhile people close to Trump and Pence have Covid and now the west wing will be tested daily while most Americans have no access to tests until they are obviously showing signs of being affected…

  25. 80% of people being asymptomatic or not knowing they are infected is THE best possible outlook.

    The actual numbers go all the way from 10% up to %80

    Princess Cruise Ship 18% asymptomatic or unaware they were sick.
    60 people in northern Italy gave blood as volunteers. All though they were healthy 67% (40) of them were infected and either had no symptoms or were not able to feel them.

    WHO is saying 80% asymptomatic rate.

    Among children in China apparently it was 94% that were asymptomatic or unaware they were ill.

    Some people just aren’t as in tune with their bodies as others and they don’t notice when they have minor irritating symptoms, but nothing that says “wow, I’m really sick”.
    Those people aren’t necessarily asymptomatic, but obviously their symptoms aren’t severe, because if they were there’s no way they’d not feel the pain.

    Anyway, I’d link to the website here, but you can’t. If you google percentage of asymptomatic coronavirus cases you’ll get results with all the numbers I’ve quoted.

    The real trick is how we figure out what the percentage of asymptomatic cases actually is on average and thus how many people have already gotten it without realizing it.

    If it’s 80%, then it’s possible a LARGE number of people have been infected, recovered and now have anti-bodies that depending on who you ask have varying levels of effectiveness.

    In a scenario like that, the high risk individuals on SSI can stay at home and stay safe, while those less at risk can carefully and properly exercise more freedom. Even IF that is the case I would still recommend anyone going out in public wear at the very least a mask or scarf to keep cells from your lungs from floating into the air if you cough or sneeze.

    The masks are mainly to keep others from getting it, less so to protect yourself.

  26. nagyisterrible says:
    May 9, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Just cancel the event, nobody is watching anyways.
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    I’m watching it and it is very interesting watching these fights without an actual crowd. It is weird what you hear without a crowd. It is less exciting but interesting. I just think comparing the UFC which can be very controlled when it comes to testing is proof enough that team sports are over 100% more risky for one person to potentially infect a whole locker room.

  27. Many people talk about being asymptomatic as it meaning they aren’t sick, so they can go about their business. But from my understanding, it’s at this point when people are producing and expelling a high viral load (higher than other communicable diseases supposedly). So while they feel fine or relatively fine, they are very actively spreading the disease (and which is why masks are especially important for them to wear).

    I think the media is to blame for some of this misunderstanding and then just laziness on the part of some other people. Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the media – I just follow docs that try their best to explain the situation.

    For anyone interested, a few suggestions:
    Dr. John Campbell (YouTube)
    Dr. Peter Attia (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, podcast)
    Dr. Rhonda Patrick (Twitter, podcast)
    Dr. Hope’s Sick Notes (YouTube)
    Dr. Mike (YouTube)
    Medlife Crisis (YouTube)

    Some of these people are on the front lines, some are not. But they’re all doctors and all deal with facts in a level, non-partisan manner. Hopefully some of this can help someone else. Stay safe, y’all.

  28. I’m A glass half full guy. Good job on finding out before the fight and not after. Testing is working, good job America!

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