NFL adds game-day PCR testing for all players and key employees

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Last week, we pointed that “daily testing” isn’t really daily testing, because testing doesn’t happen on game days. Moving forward, it will.

Per multiple reports, a memo issued by the league on Monday explains that daily off-site PCR testing will commence on game days in Week Six.

It’s smart, and overdue. The league’s protocols already contain multiple donut holes, due to the incubation period and the lag between sample collection and result. By not testing players on game days, the league precluded itself from learning whether someone had flipped from negative to positive between Saturday and Monday, for a Sunday game.

The downside is that, by testing players on game days, the league will have a clear paper trail of any players who test positive for the first time before game — and who then shed virus in the locker room and on the field and sideline and the trip home.

12 responses to “NFL adds game-day PCR testing for all players and key employees

  1. It’s a risk to having games played but it’s also necessary for everyone’s safety. So you have to agree the league is doing the right thing here.

  2. So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.

  3. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.——————————————————————exactly…..guys at the VA have to wait days and get approval first.

  4. The rapid point-of-care tests aren’t perfect (even the PCR tests aren’t). From what I’ve read, they catch about 85-90% of the positives. This is a needed addition to the league’s testing program, and even if it just picks up one case that otherwise would have waited until after game day it could help prevent more cases, sick players, schedule changes, etc. Should have been part of the program from the start. I wonder if the league would consider abandoning the daily PCR test for point of care testing and leave the PCR only for verification? For example, they didn’t know Cam Newton’s Friday PCR test was positive until late Friday night… but if they had done rapid testing Friday morning, they “might” have known right then and the alleged dinner with Stephon Gilmore never would have happened. Even at an 85-90% accuracy rate picking up positives, the numbers might indicate this is the better route.

  5. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.

    40 19 Rate This
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    The rich being able to have things the poorer can’t isn’t anything new…
    If you were worth millions of dollars to your employers you’d probably have options others wouldn’t too, that’s how life works.

  6. So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.

    Yes this is America.

  7. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.

    In Massachusetts, any resident can go to the fPCR testing sites that have been set up and get tested free of charge, symptoms or no symptoms. My results came back in 12 hours.

  8. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.
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    Well, this is a business trying to operate during the pandemic. If we want football then we have to recognize that a multi-billion dollar operation will have access to things that not everyone does.

    Just like if I broke my leg at home I wouldn’t have medical staff on-hand to provide immediate treatment.

  9. jacksonrr3 says:
    October 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    So these rich folks get access to daily testing but us poor rubes don’t?
    Yeah that sounds about right.
    ________________________________________

    The rich being able to have things the poorer can’t isn’t anything new…
    If you were worth millions of dollars to your employers you’d probably have options others wouldn’t too, that’s how life works.
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    Now you get it. Capitalism values money over everything else.

  10. They are testing now literally every day. They are cracking down on the lack of compliance to protocols. What more do you want? For someone who runs a football focused website it sure sounds like you don’t want football.

  11. That is the positive about point of care testing. The negative side is that you likely will have a lot more false positives.
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    >>For example, they didn’t know Cam Newton’s Friday PCR test was positive until late Friday night… but if they had done rapid testing Friday morning, they “might” have known right then and the alleged dinner with Stephon Gilmore never would have happened. Even at an 85-90% accuracy rate picking up positives, the numbers might indicate this is the better route.

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