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Is it safe to go to big sporting events during the pandemic?

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By CARLA K. JOHNSON

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“Evidence on the safety of big games is mixed.”

Translation: there is ZERO evidence to show COVID was transmitted at games.

Also, there were thousands of college football games, with partial attendance. Major League Baseball began in April, with at least one team playing regularly before a filled stadium.

While propaganda tells us to live in fear, science tells us otherwise.

Bottom line: if you are in a vulnerable group and not vaccinated, protect yourself. If not, continue to live your life.

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@Happy Day If we're going to invoke science, the critical risk factor is virion density - so enclosed spaces are more dangerous than open spaces, and densely packed areas are more dangerous than widely spaced areas. Sporting events are not magically exempt from this calculus.

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If people are vaccinated and tested before allowing them to enter the event. Some recent music events have done that in Liverpool and Spain. Wembley football game with 9,000 fans allowed.

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Is it safe to go to big sporting events during the pandemic?

YES.

"Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County COVID-19 Super Bowl Surveillance Summary" states:

• Low numbers of COVID-19 cases (53 in state, and 4 out of state) associated with official Super Bowl events were identified and minimal secondary/household transmission was confirmed from these cases

• In the weeks following the Super Bowl and other events, Hillsborough County COVID-19 cases and percent positivity were slightly higher in the Tampa Bay Area as compared to the rest of the state

• This suggests that most transmission during this surveillance period was likely from private gatherings, in homes, or unofficial events at bars and restaurants. 

http://hillsborough.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/epidemiology/_documents/covid19-superbowl-summary-2021.pdf

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If you're scared of breathing even though you have a 99.9999999% chance that nothing will happen then don't go and let the sensible people enjoy themselves...

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

151E- science tells us that it does not spread during sporting events, with the safeguards that were in place.

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Definitely not safe.

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No, but going to crowded shopping malls is perfectly fine. /s

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