South Korean immunity research holds promise for the NFL

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It’s happening. Possibly.

A South Korean study, featured as the lead item on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, suggests that persons who have had the coronavirus (and thus who test positive for its antibodies) cannot get sick from the virus again — and cannot pass it to others.

If that research can be confirmed, it becomes a huge step both for playing the 2020 NFL regular-season and postseason games and doing so in stadiums filled with fans. Anyone who has tested positive for the antibodies quite possibly would be able to attend football games without fear of catching or spreading the virus.

Ditto for players who test positive for coronavirus antobodies. They’d be at no risk for losing time during the season via quarantine imposed by testing positive for the virus.

It’s enough to make some players consider finding a way to get exposed to the virus in advance of training camp, to recover from it, and to then be good to go for the entirety of the 2020 season. Although that would be more foolish than taking hydroxychloroquine while healthy, some players surely will consider a little short-term suffering in the name of not having to worry about testing positive the night before a playoff game, for example.

26 responses to “South Korean immunity research holds promise for the NFL

  1. I stopped going to NFL games years ago because of cost, and I refuse to give Dan Snider a penny of my money. Best of luck convincing me now is when i return to a game.

  2. The Almighty created the human body with the ability to build immunity to viruses. Influenzas, Corona (which has been around for decades/look on your Lysol can), etc. Again, after November 3rd, this will be a nonstory….until 2024…the next election cycle.

  3. “Although that would be more foolish than taking hydroxychloroquine while healthy”

    From NIH, 2005 (Dr. Fauci’s outfit) Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread “We have provided evidence that chloroquine is effective in preventing SARS-CoV infection in cell culture if the drug is added to the cells 24 h prior to infection. In addition, chloroquine was significantly effective even when the drug was added 3–5 h after infection.” Link: ncbi DOT nlm DOTnih DOt gov/pmc/articles/PMC1232869/

  4. Don’t worry…anytime there’s a hint of possible good news on the horizon…you can always count on the fake news outlets to put out 5 contradictory stories within 24 hours…remember…they’re invested in misery and bad news…happy liberals aren’t as obedient as scared liberals…lol

  5. Huh… Games in stadiums with fans, you say?? Who woulda thunk it? Oh yeah, Goodell…. And Trump for that matter.

  6. It’s believe this is called “herd immunity,” but I’m a Saints fan so what do I know.

  7. Didn’t I hear from other outlets that people who had the virus ended up testing positive again? Or did I mishear that stuff? Honest question

  8. But by prolonging the herd immunity concept it just draws things out longer and longer for a vaccine that most likely will never happen.

  9. Didn’t I hear from other outlets that people who had the virus ended up testing positive again? Or did I mishear that stuff? Honest question

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    It’s a very tricky topic. A south korean doctor mentioned that a lot of those cases were most probably tested positive, took medicine and had care to help reduce the infection enough that they tested negative but they really just had a really low count of the virus in their system, and then when they went home the virus started dominating again and they tested positive after

    He called it relapse rather than what appeared was a re-infection

    Pretty interesting stuff if it wasn’t killing people and ruining the economy…

  10. Somehow, I think the money brokers break this information 2 days after they bought stock in this company, and 2 days before they sell it.

  11. Guys, it’s science: you can only realistically test a slice of a population in a given study, not the whole of it–that’s why it’s called a sample. It’s neither problematic nor surprising that studies and messaging about immunity appear conflicting or contradictory; it’s what happens when you begin to build a base of evidence. They’re nuancing in order to find out when and for whom something is true. It’s an evolving situation.

    Here’s what we know is true: you are not a scientist; you don’t know more than the scientists do. You can disagree with them; you can even disagree with the media who report on their work. What you can’t do is promulgate baseless theories simply because the evidence base is inconvenient to your worldview, grievances, and/or self-aggrandizement. For that, pick on the Bears instead: it’s incredibly satisfying.

  12. Maybe the story of the USS Theodore Roosevelt where over 1000 sailors got sick with the virus where now over a dozen of them who fully recovered and have since tested positive twice are sick with the virus again.

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    amyisraelchai1 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    The Almighty created the human body with the ability to build immunity to viruses. Influenzas, Corona (which has been around for decades/look on your Lysol can), etc. Again, after November 3rd, this will be a nonstory….until 2024…the next election cycle.
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    The common cold is a corona virus. This covid-19 is an extremely nasty version of a corona virus, totally different then the common cold. Still waiting for the stable genius’s prediction that it will ‘just disappear’…

  14. I wish. People can test positive for the antibody if they’ve had any coronavirus strain, so if that’s all it takes to get clearance…I’ll take a common cold sandwich to go, please, I’ve gotta be at US Bank stadium week 1. And that antibody will be my ticket!

  15. Yak Attack says:
    May 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Didn’t I hear from other outlets that people who had the virus ended up testing positive again? Or did I mishear that stuff? Honest question

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    There have been a couple different reports of this. The first was later found to be a mistake, but I’m not sure the second one was resolved. The prevailing thought is this isn’t happening, but it’s not certain yet, so it still might.

  16. It’s ironic to see some complain about fake news outlets while holding an account on the very outlet they have called “Fake News”. Something tells me the NFL cannot afford to engage in slimy politics that could affect the lives of players and fans. In some backhanded kind of way, this story seems to be here for the purpose of pushing the immunity idea, despite the semi-caveat.

  17. It’s so fing funny the United States of America needs to rely on data from South Korea. We are lame.

  18. Imagine this: you’re a football player who voluntarily contracts COVID-19. Like a decent percentage of healthy individuals, your breathing problems become severe and you have to go to the hospital. How do you suppose the doctors and nurses are going to react when they find out you made a voluntary choice that is now further risking their health? Thousands of medical professionals have contracted the virus from work. It’s not known for sure how many have died, but certainly some have. Do you want to have responsibility for adding to their burden?

  19. “Here’s what we know is true: you are not a scientist; you don’t know more than the scientists do. You can disagree with them; you can even disagree with the media who report on their work. What you can’t do is promulgate baseless theories simply because the evidence base is inconvenient to your worldview, grievances, and/or self-aggrandizement.”

    — if the scientists had their way, we would hide in our basements all year. Scientists are not economists. Their opinions are very important, but so are other opinions from people with other areas of expertise. We have flattened the curve (rate of new infections per day). Now we need to consider other important priorities in life like saving the economy and stemming the rate we are slipping into debt as a country. We must balance our priorities which means listening to more than one type of expert…

  20. posers2015 says:
    — if the scientists had their way, we would hide in our basements all year. Scientists are not economists. Their opinions are very important, but so are other opinions from people with other areas of expertise. We have flattened the curve (rate of new infections per day). Now we need to consider other important priorities in life like saving the economy and stemming the rate we are slipping into debt as a country. We must balance our priorities which means listening to more than one type of expert…
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    It’s not the scientists that are pushing “stay at home” it’s the bureaucrats and politicians. They are getting in the way of (new) findings because they took positions early on that have since been proven false and if there’s one thing we all know is that a politician can’t possibly be wrong. Some are even allowing their personal fears cloud their judgment.

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