If you have been paying any sort of attention to the world around you for the last month and a half, you know that Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the top expert advising the federal government when it comes to what’s happening, what we should be trying to do, and how to go about doing those things with regards to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic that’s plaguing the world. Yesterday he was on Good Luck America and shared his ideas about how we could go about getting sports back in the country this year.
There’s a little bit of crazy stuff at the start of the video before he gets into the sports side of things. But once we get into that, Dr. Fauci points out that there’s a way of doing that. Unfortunately, like we’ve been hearing all along, it’s going to be done without fans in the stands.
“Nobody comes to the stadium. Put them in big hotels, wherever you want to play. Keep them very well surveilled, have them tested every week. Make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out. People say well you can’t play without spectators…. well, I think you probably get enough buy in from people that are dying to see a baseball game. ”
Right now, at least in Ohio, testing is incredibly limited. And until we can truly test just about everyone who needs to be tested, it seems unlikely we start up sports. It would just be a bad look that athletes can be tested weekly (or more) if sick people still can’t get tested at their doctor’s office or the hospital. But if and when we can reach a point where there are enough tests, this plan seems to be the one that sounds the most reasonable to get back to playing Cincinnati Reds baseball – even if it’s going to be some weird, hopefully 2020 only, Cincinnati Reds baseball.