The novel coronavirus covid-19 is perhaps more contagious and far deadlier than most laymen understand, which is a recipe for unpreparedness. For example, the Spanish flu had a median reproduction rate of R1.8. That means if you were infected, you were likely to spread the virus to 1.8 people on average. Covid-19 has a rating of R2.3 on average. It kills around 2% of its victims as far as we know, whereas the Spanish flu killed around 2.5%.
Do the math. This virus could kill millions and destroy the economy if we’re not willing to fight it with everything we’ve got.
That’s why the people who believe others are blowing everything out of proportion are dead wrong. That’s also why governments are shutting down programs across the country and asking people not to go outdoors. The spread of this virus has also forced the closure of many high-profile sports programs because players are already infected. Does it make sense to give people the opportunity to fill enormous stadiums in close proximity to one another?
The Florida High School Athletic Association is one team that has yet to call off its current sports season, even as schools are closing around the country. We realize that the decision to take sports off the schedule is a difficult one, but it’s time to end the suspense and do the right thing.
The popular racing league Nascar will move online during the current season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one figure who has made his willingness to race in a limited edition esports series known. Live racing will not take place during the pandemic. The current season is postponed until May.
All spring competitions within the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) have been canceled for the foreseeable future.
The PGA Championship is currently being postponed indefinitely, have been previously scheduled for May 14-17 in San Francisco. The city is currently shut down while they deal with the outbreak there. The decision was leaked and has yet to be formally announced.
One New York Yankees minor league player has come down with the virus and is in quarantine. A Yankees spokesperson has reported that the player’s symptoms are dying down.
The French Open tennis tournament has been pushed from May until September.
The Kentucky Derby has been pushed from May until September.
The UFC has finally postponed currently scheduled events after public backlash for continuing to maintain its schedule.
President Dana White said, “It’s just impossible. We can’t do it.”
The NHL has postponed its current season by at least a month.
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