More than a dozen Miami Marlins players tested positive for coronaviruses, with games played in Miami and Philadelphia where the Marlins were last played were postponed.
While some may question the wisdom of keeping the game on hold, even without fans in the stands, what the sports league has learned so far about protecting players from the virus is for all of us. Lessons can happen.
Playing in “bubbles” to control short seasons and outbreaks are some of the ways sports leagues have managed to keep playing during an epidemic.
The National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association are placing their players in a bubble – an enclosed environment where participants live, practice and play all sports, as part of a strategy to stay indoors and avoid people outside their own bubble are equal.
“All 24 teams entered the safe zone in Edmonton and Toronto yesterday,” the NHL said in a statement on Monday. “Each of the 52 members of the 24 teams (players and club staff) will be tested on a daily basis,” the NHL said in a statement on Monday.
On Wednesday, in the NBA, which is placing its players in a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, none of the 344 players tested since July 20 tested positive for coronovirus, leagues and players The union said on Wednesday.
The NBA resumes its 2019-2020 season on Thursday at the resort near Orlando.
Outside of sports, a tight bubble may not be realistic for everyone – but it is important to limit contact with others outside your home as much as possible from busy places such as bars or even family gatherings Escape.
In a new conference, Hogan stated that instructors attended 23% of the new Kovid-19 cases at home parties and 21% attended outdoor events.
“The basics of crowd avoidance, physical isolation, wearing masks, closing the bar, hand cleaning – these things matter and can make a difference. So hopefully we will appreciate it and do it in a very strict way. ” “Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.
Younger is better
However, according to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, bubbles are not possible for sports such as baseball due to team size.
“We were supposed to have multiple locations to get enough facilities to make it work, including the number of people involved and the number of people to support the number of players in our game was huge,” Manfred told MLB Network.
“I think the NBA and NHL have one advantage – smaller number of players, less time.” “I understand why they did what they did. I’m not sure it was practical for us.”
The close-up and contact nature of playing basketball makes bubbles more essential.
“When we were discussing what kind of protocols there would be for the best safety precautions for baseball players, there were certain things that were done. When you’re talking about too much contact, It will be a little different. The game, “Fauci told CNN on Monday.
Young and healthy people are not necessarily immune
With the number of youth driving the increase in Kovid-19 cases in many areas of the country, another lesson these sports players derive: The virus does not discriminate and is also infecting young, fit and healthy athletes .
The Marlins example also reminds how quickly and silently the virus spreads. According to ESPN, within a few days the team turned 17 from some positive tests.
And given that the Miami team is one of the nation’s largest Kovid-19 hot spots, it is a reminder that when traveling or from a place where there is a significant number of cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines Following is a good idea on self-isolation.
Test is key
Bubble or not, sports teams are showing the importance of testing. As the NHL said, it is testing every player, every day.
Just before leaving for Utah to play the tournament, six Orlando Pride players and four staff members tested positive for the virus. The team retreated and the tournament did not run, and no more cases were reported. Without those tests, many more players and workers could have been infected.
More than six months have passed since the virus was discovered, still unknown. There is no cure and no vaccine. Health experts say social balance and wearing masks are the best protection.
“We are not powerless,” CDC director Robert Redfield told ABC on Tuesday. “We have the most powerful weapon in our hands right now. I mean, it’s a very powerful weapon. It’s just a simple, twinkling mask.”
“This virus can be defeated if people just wear masks.”
CNN’s Alan Kim, Wayne Sterling, Shelby Lynn Erdman, Maggie Fox and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.