NFL’s chief medical officer on Dr. Fauci’s latest comments: “We will be flexible and adaptable”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that it will be difficult for the NFL to play in 2020 without implementing an NBA-style “bubble” approach. The NFL, through its chief medical officer, has responded.

“Dr. Fauci has identified the important health and safety issues we and the NFL Players Association, together with our joint medical advisors, are addressing to mitigate the health risk to players, coaches, and other essential personnel,” Dr. Allen Sills said, via Dan Graziano of “We are developing a comprehensive and rapid-result testing program and rigorous protocols that call for a shared responsibility from everyone inside our football ecosystem. This is based on the collective guidance of public health officials, including the White House tase force, the CDC, infectious disease experts, and other sports leagues.

“Make no mistake, this is no easy task. We will make adjustments as necessary to meet the public health environment as we prepare to play the 2020 season as scheduled with increased protocols and safety measures for all players, personnel, and attendees. We will be flexible and adaptable in this environment to adjust to the virus as needed.”

Most notably, Dr. Sills does not rule out a “bubble” concept. Instead, his statement implies that everything is on the table, including a “bubble” approach, as ridiculously difficult as that would be.

The other reality is that the NFLPA will need to agree to most of the safety protocols — and that the NFLPA made it clear to players last week that it has not agreed to the initial protocols. At some point, anything other than quick, efficient communication and conciliation will make it hard to get things done.

19 responses to “NFL’s chief medical officer on Dr. Fauci’s latest comments: “We will be flexible and adaptable”

  1. A doctor from the NFL just announced that they’re going ahead with the season.

    Those who have it now won’t get it during the season, better now than later.

    Remember the old chicken pox parties?

    I do.

  2. Dang that medical deep state. They’re just a bunch of smarty pants with all that sciencey stuff…

  3. Watch them try to enforce masks for fans at the games. That’s going to be a total joke. Everyone pulling their mask down 150 times a game to drink beer or scream at the ref.

  4. Based on Fauci’s track record, I would bet the NFL season DOES happen.

    The NFL needs to figure this out, and I think they will. It’s time to get back to work.

  5. Man, this thing is so far from over. So many states opened up while their cases were INCREASING and now the whole country (and that beautiful economy) has been set back. New York and other states that followed the data have basically gotten over the thing, but wait! The impatient MeMeMe states are exploding right now and they’re gonna spread it right back around. Thanks, guys.

    I don’t see sports happening the way they say it’s going to happen.

  6. I am tired of hearing this its science bs unless their really is a a science based flip flop conclusions.

  7. I trust Fauci. For one thing, he is the world’s foremost expert on infectious diseases. For another, he views this issue from a strictly scientific perspective without regard for political considerations. This disease isn’t going away. In fact it is picking up steam in the US. Bottom line: no football this year.

  8. Fauci has been wrong A LOT about COVID-19. I’m not sure we should really be putting a lot of stock into his opinions anymore quite frankly.

  9. Fauci is only interested in keeping the number of cases as low as possible. He doesn’t care about the economy or any other aspect of people’s lives. He doesn’t consider how the shutdowns have affected non-COVID deaths from people not going to the hospital or getting screened for cancer or other diseases. He doesn’t consider the increase in starvation deaths or suicides from the economy tanking.

    What Fauci says should have very little impact on what leaders decide at this point.

  10. jurgyisgod says:
    June 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    This disease isn’t going away. In fact it is picking up steam in the US.

    That is not true. The 7-day rolling average of number of cases in the US had a high of 36,000 in late April, dropped immediately after that, and has been flat since then. The latest is 23,883 new cases.

    But what people with an apparent agenda downplay is that the number of tests per day has increased dramatically. If you look at the curve for the percentage of positive cases, it reached a high of 21.8% in early April and has been in a steep decline since mid-April. The current 7-day rolling average of percentage of positive cases is 4.6%, which has been flat since the beginning of June. This despite most states opening up a lot more and thousands of protesters out every night in many cities.

    In no way can you say that the disease is picking up steam.

  11. Fauci is enjoying being a celebrity way too much. When he’s spending time being interviewed by celebrities I start to lose faith in his professionalism.

    Plus he’s been wrong a lot and never seems to own up to it but is quick to condemn.

  12. joetoronto says: “Somebody show me ONE athlete who didn’t recover from this. You can’t do it.”

    CODY LYSTER, 21-yr-old college baseball player at Colorado Mesa University. Died April 8, 2020.

  13. All these gamblers are so mad that they put safety over money. Sports have become to powerful. Focus needs to be on education. I’m sure these players can get high paying jobs with their college degrees

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