Will College Football Matches Become Covid-19 Coronavirus Super Spread Events?
On social media, people have used the word “thrills” to describe images of crowds crowded into college football stadiums on Saturday. For example, the following tweet from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) network used “ABSOLUTE CHILLS” in reference to footage from Virginia Tech hosting the University of North Carolina:
And this tweet about the University of Wisconsin game against Penn State also mentioned “chills”:
Note that the tweet said “if it doesn’t give you chills you don’t have a pulse” and no “if it doesn’t give your diarrhea, fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or loss of taste or feeling. smell, you don’t have a pulse. With the more contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus spreading across the United States, the concern is that a crowded football stadium without much social distancing and with little face mask use could essentially become a “Delta house”.
In fact, could the “return of college football” be like pouring kerosene on a fire and fueling the current outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the United States? It could end up giving many, many more people “chills”. Since the end of June, the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases reported per day has continued to rise, from just under 11,000 to over 160,000, according to the New York Times.
It basically goes from a basketball arena to two big football stadiums. And it’s not just a ‘more people get sniffed’ situation. The number of Covid-19-related deaths reported each day has more than quintupled since early August.
Before I say, but the vaccine makes us free, keep in mind that only 53% of the total population of the United States is fully vaccinated. In other words, the figurative pool you’re in basically has a lot of people swimming wearing nothing and singing “free to pee, free to pee.”
Additionally, Covid-19 vaccines are not concrete condoms for the whole body. They do not offer 100% protection. You can still catch and transmit severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) even after being fully immunized, although your risk of having more severe Covid-19 is much lower.
So what’s the best way to control this latest wave of pandemic in the United States? Either way, having thousands of people screaming together for about two hours doesn’t seem like the first response. Or the second. Or the answer five thousand nine hundred and twenty-third. In fact, gathering such large crowds across the country every week seems as counterintuitive as putting “really love drama” or “can’t pay the water bill so don’t shower regularly” on your phone. dating profile.
Plus, having such large crowds can send the wrong message, a “premature relaxation” message. And as you know, anything premature could end up being very messy and very disappointing, and quick responses like “this has never happened before, honestly.” But premature relaxation has occurred during this pandemic.
Just look at last spring when the face mask wearing and social distancing were prematurely relaxed when I warned him to Forbes back in May. Of course, you can blame the most contagious Delta variant for the midsummer push. But it can be like blaming the Delta Brotherhood in the movie Animal house for the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor. The Delta variant might not have spread so easily and quickly if people had been more diligent about Covid-19 precautions.
Additionally, this latest surge appears to affect young people much more than the 2020 flares. For example, an analysis published Friday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that the rates of hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 in children and adolescents “almost quintupled between the end of June and mid-August 2021”. This made the routine wave that University of Iowa fans gave to the children’s hospital behind the stadium yesterday a little unsettling:
The hope is that this wave wasn’t like, “hey, look, we’re spreading the Covid-19 coronavirus just for you.” During this ongoing pandemic, the best way to help children, especially those hospitalized with weaker immune systems, is to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Mass events like the Lollapalooza music festival and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which I have already covered for Forbes, could easily become super-broadcaster events. The only positive point is that these are unique and unique events. They don’t come every week.
College football games, however, are different. They’re going to arrive every creepy weekend. They are going to perform in many different parts of the country. And they will continue until the fall.
Showing teeming stadiums of students and other people cheering their hearts on can feel inspiring and make things seem like they’re back to normal. But that will only mask the fact that the virus is still spreading relatively uncontrollably. The hospitals are always full. The caregivers are exhausted. People get sick and die. It can be like putting “lipstick on a pig”, while mascara and Ugg boots are much better ideas. As college football teams like OU, MSU and FSU prepare to play in front of crowded stadiums, will the Covid-19 coronavirus prepare to say a big u-know-what to the whole country this fall?
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