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


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

Not yet, but there are ways to make it safer if you go.

“Yelling, chanting, hugging and generally pouring out our sports enthusiasm is still not the safest activity,” noted Jennifer Dowd, associate professor of population health at University of Oxford and chief scientific officer of Dear Pandemic, a website that offers expert opinions.

If you do decide to go to a game, outdoor stadiums are safer than indoor arenas, which won’t be as well ventilated. Venues that limit attendance and require masks are safer as well. Some teams are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test for the coronavirus.

Once at the stadium, avoid indoor bars, restaurants and box seating, Dowd said. “Spaces that are indoors with lots of people eating and drinking without masks are still among the riskiest,” she said.

Going to a game is much safer if you’re fully vaccinated, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the agency advises wearing masks at crowded sports events regardless of whether you’ve had your shots.

Evidence on the safety of big games is mixed. The NFL says it safely hosted 1.2 million fans at 119 games during the 2020 season. Some studies that haven’t yet been vetted by outside experts have reached differing conclusions about whether the football season led to more infections. The study findings can’t be certain, since they were based on disease rates in counties, not on contact tracing investigations.

Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said enough Americans will likely be fully vaccinated by June or July to see significant declines in transmission of the virus.

“The risk won’t go to zero,” Hotez said, but it will drop enough that sporting events, restaurants and larger gatherings may be much safer.

The CDC offers additional guidance to help sports fans make decisions as the pandemic continues, such as checking with event organizers about what safety measures are being taken. An important reminder: If you have symptoms, are waiting for a virus test result or have been exposed to someone who’s infected, you should stay home, the CDC says.

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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?


"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.

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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...

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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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