Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that there are many parameters the NFL should consider before reopening the games.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told this to CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, in an interview.
“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” said the doctor,
Fauci is one of the leading experts in infectious diseases in the world.
“If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year,” he added.
The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to kick off the 2020 regular season at home.
The Chiefs is slated to battle it with the Houston Texans on September 10th.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, responded in a statement that said, “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,” he added.
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This is according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
None of the players were in the teams’ facilities, and both teams followed proper health protocols, the report added.
Meanwhile, Fauci said there is an “anti-science bias” is prevalent in the country.
And he referred to it as being “problematic.”
“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci said.
The doctor said this in a US Department of Health and Human Services’ podcast “Learning Curve.”
Read more about Fauci’s “bubble” format here.