Everyone is in panic mode:
Store shelves are emptying at an exponential rate, people are fighting over the last roll of toilet paper or jug of water, but is there a cause for such concern? Yes and no.
According to the CDC:
“A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHOexternal icon.
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus.”
Risk of exposure:
- The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.
- People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.
With this rapidly growing pandemic, schools in various areas around the United States are closing and many major events where large crowds are likely, including major sporting events, are being suspended, canceled, indefinitely.
The NBA has suspended the regular season indefinitely.
NCAA Basketball has canceled the 2020 Division I men’s and women’s tournaments and all other winter season championships.
MLB has canceled spring training and is postponing the start of the regular season.
NHL is putting the 2019-2020 season on hold.
NCAA Football three teams, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and the University of Michigan have canceled spring games. More cancellations could follow.
The XFL has suspended its league.
The PGA (Golf)Tour has suspended the Players championship and all tournaments until the Masters.
MLS (Soccer) suspended games for 30 days. All games also suspended for Champions League, Europa League, and Premier League.
The NFL has canceled its annual meeting.
Here is the following statement from the NFL:
“NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the clubs today that after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, the NFL’s annual meeting scheduled for March 29-April 1 has been canceled.
There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for May 19-20. Most of the first day will be dedicated to football-related issues. Head coaches and general managers will participate in the meeting.
This decision was made consistent with the league’s primary concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.
We will continue to closely monitor developments, consult with leading experts, and be prepared to make any changes necessary as circumstances warrant.” – This means Pro Day and travels to meet with draft prospects have been canceled as well. No word on the effect this will have on the NFL Draft event, but that should be known very soon.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers like many other teams have suspended all travel for the time being.
All Disney theme parks around the world and Universal Studios are closed until the end of March. Also, closing is Sea World, Lego and Six Flags America.
Stay healthy, limit contact with people, and do not travel if possible. Hopefully, this new virus will fizzle out faster than it came about.