America. The land of the free and now, the home of the worst #Coronavirus outbreak in the western hemisphere.
According to noted immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci’s testimony to Congress this morning, COVID-19 is 10 times more deadly than the flue and is set to completely overrun the US healthcare system in a matter of two weeks.
Watch this and suck on your ‘It’s no big deal’ assessment.
Dr. Fauci’s response when asked how many people will get and/or die from COVID-19 in the U.S.:
“If we are complacent and don’t do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up…many, many millions.”
Trump has spent WEEKS downplaying the crisis. pic.twitter.com/yW6DgHeHKs
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 11, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the #coronavirus is 10x more deadly than the flu, and that “we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now…Bottom line: it’s going to get worse.”
The @WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 11, 2020
It’s coming to Canada in a week. Expect to not fans in the NHL/NBA playoffs. If we have em at all. https://t.co/FlpQJkbyGo
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) March 11, 2020
Due to the lethality of the disease, Santa Clara County and San Francisco have shut down any and all gatherings of 250-1000 people TFN. Because of that, the San Jose Sharks and The Golden State Warriors will be playing in front of precisely ZERO fans.
Officials are hoping mandated ‘Social Distancing’ will help prevent more infectious people from contacting and passing #Covid on to others. Staying away from people, particularly large groups of people, will aggressively slow the community spread of the COVID19.
The last major pandemic the world experienced was The Spanish Flu in WW1 from 1918-1920. Thought to have come from Poultry or pigs (in Spain) it killed up to 27% of the world’s population. The numbers range according to source but we know The Spanish Flu epidemic, which was a Coronavirus as well, was responsible for the deaths of 50 to 100 million people with a worldwide population at that time of 1.9 billion.
Spring is the busiest time of year on everyone’s sports Calender and as we head into the NHL and NBA playoff schedule, There’s a quiet movement among public health professionals to scrap any and all gatherings at Major sporting events because people are disgusting and half the population isn’t taking this seriously at all. Therefore the only way to protect ourselves is to mandate the cancellation of spectators events.
Today the NCAA tournament kacked fans from games in Dayton and Cleveland with an announcement to do the same for all NCAA tournament games through the Final Four.
Again: No fans for NCAA tournament games in Dayton and Cleveland next week, per a state order.
“This seems difficult for people,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. “But we know what’s coming. We know what’s around the corner. … Everything looks the same, but it’s really not.”
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 11, 2020
No fans for March Madness
JUST IN: March Madness games will be played without fans.
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) March 11, 2020
The German Elite Hockey League (DEL) just Canceled their season as they expect an infection rate or 70% in Germany
The NHL and The NBA are currently looking at multiple contingency plans with the most likely being banning fans from attending games for the remainder of the season or playoffs or canceling the season outright.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 11, 2020
While canceling the NHL season seems unimaginable to some, if it helps contain the worst pandemic in 5 generations, it worth it to me (plus there’s no way the Leafs would lose to the Bruins in the playoffs which would be a nice break).
BTW, the last time we didn’t crown a Stanley Cup Champion in a non-lockout season? 1919 due to the outbreak of that Spanish Flu that killed 10’s of millions across the globe.
The mortality rate for the Spanish flu according to W.H.O. was 2,5%. Compare that to COVID-19’s 3.4% mortality rate and you might be OK missing some playoff basketball/hockey games in 2020.
At least I am.