Adequacy, accuracy of testing hover over NFL’s return

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As the NFL and NFL Players Association try to hammer out an agreement on the protocols for training camp, the preseason (if there is one), and the regular season, testing continues to be the one factor that will most dramatically impact the execution of the final plan.

It needs to be readily available. It needs to be reliable. It needs to be fast. For now, there’s no guarantee that all three boxes will be checked.

The powers-that-be have believed for months that, by August or September, rapid-result testing based on saliva or a finger prick will be available. Last week, the the director of the National Institutes of Health expressed optimism that a test producing results in less than an hour will be available before football season begins.

“We want to see Americans have a chance to have some normal experiences of enjoying life,” Dr. Francis Collins told a Senate subcommittee regarding the availability of testing in time for the first kicking of a football. “I do believe this should be possible.”

Currently, that’s not the case — as evidenced by the delayed test results for the Washington Nationals.

The NFLPA wants daily testing at the outset of training camp, with frequency re-evaluated based on the rate of false negatives. The union also wants to move as quickly as possible from the mid-nasal swab to a saliva-based test.

Ideally, all players, coaches, and other key personnel will be tested on a daily basis. It’s critical to keep out of the facility, the locker room, the practice field, and/or the stadium anyone who may have the virus. Even with daily testing, false negatives have been an issue in other settings; a false negative could light the fuse on an outbreak for an NFL team.

20 responses to “Adequacy, accuracy of testing hover over NFL’s return

  1. The NFL needs to go away for a year ,I find them revolting right now !

  2. There will be a vaccine soon enough and that is going to make all of this moot. May as well start the argument right now about pro athletes being at the front of the line for the shot.

  3. To prevent potential purpose infections to sway large wagers will sports books have disclaimers on bets being void if a teams QB tests positive mid week or before a game?

  4. Money talks.
    Use it to get your tests fast & accurate.
    If you want a season.

  5. ghost- the original guess was about 18 months for a vaccine, it’s not even been 4 months, not sure how you think it will be soon…the athletes will be behind the pols, billionaires, corporate honchos and basically everyone wealthier than them, they are far from first in line, but light years ahead of most of us

  6. Even if you could eliminate false positives you still would not eliminate the risk. Every positive case was negative at some point. You could have somebody test negative because their viral load is just below the threshold. An hour later they would test positive but instead they are out playing the game and spreading the virus. The question for the NFL and the players is, how much risk are they willing to accept?

  7. I guess someone feels the need to explore every possible way to sbut down the NFL for one or more years. Players going bankruot in 3, 2, 1…

  8. I think Ive reached the point where I dont care anymore about the season. It took me less than a month to not miss baseball, so I’ll live without football too. This is just a screwy year.

  9. A positive does not mean you are sick. Studies so far show if you have no symptoms it is rare to transmit the virus. Herd immunity comes by getting exposed and building antibodies. Healthy people hiding away with gloves and masks and antibacterials just delays the exposure and masks are unhealthy rebreathing carbon dioxide and bacteria and getting low oxygen. Death rate is abysmally low, happens every flu season. This was a false alarm hyped by the media.

  10. If you are scared stay at home. If you have a compromised immune system self quarantine. Life goes on.

  11. What happens when a player dies from this.

    Or he gives it to a family member and they die.

  12. The Current nasal swab test is 99.9 percent accurate if you test positive, if you test negative it is only 70% accurate.

  13. New devices are hitting the market for wide scale testing. Illumina’s can perform 3,000 tests every 12 hours. Saliva over nostril swabbing will be a big leap

  14. “What happens when a player dies from this.

    Or he gives it to a family member and they die.”

    Then that is what happens in life. You cant lock up the entire population and shut down businesses. We dont stop driving to prevent traffic deaths and they WILL happen because driving is necessary.

  15. Money over lives?

    Most of the people on the field will be black you know? They have been hit hardest by Covid. Nobody watched the news the past few months?

    The players should vow to not take the field under unsafe working conditions but maybe they care more about money than their life and their families lives?

    They need saved from themselves. Roger Goodell you out there anywhere?

  16. nwhmpshr says:
    July 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    A positive does not mean you are sick. Studies so far show if you have no symptoms it is rare to transmit the virus. Herd immunity comes by getting exposed and building antibodies. Healthy people hiding away with gloves and masks and antibacterials just delays the exposure and masks are unhealthy rebreathing carbon dioxide and bacteria and getting low oxygen. Death rate is abysmally low, happens every flu season. This was a false alarm hyped by the media.

    —————————————-

    9% death rate is to low for you?

    source: world meters
    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:
    3,019,215

    1,440,467
    Cases which had an outcome:
    1,307,683 (91%)
    Recovered / Discharged

    132,784 (9%)
    Deaths

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