While the NFL and the NCAA have made plans to proceed with their 2020 football seasons, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that perhaps the sports should not be played.
“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,” Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN. “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.”
Fauci made his comments after the NFL Network reported Monday that several players of the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys tested positive for the coronavirus. Despite that development, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN the league has prepared itself to deal with the virus.
“We expect we are going to have positive tests,” Goodell said. “That is part of the increased testing that we will be going through and that is something that we just want to make sure our protocols are working and to date. We are seeking very positive reactions in the sense that we are making sure we respond quickly, protect the personnel that may be impacted by that and others that may be in contact with them.”