Re: COVID update - still too risky to play

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Posted by Coach on September 15, 2020 at 07:36:08:

In Reply to: COVID update - still too risky to play posted by Dave Reville on September 15, 2020 at 06:45:28:

: It’s too soon to resume HS/college basketball. There's still too much unknown about the effects of COVID-19. Even people who survive it often experience serious damage to heart, lungs, kidneys, brain.

: A recent column in the Washington Post cited a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the authors of the column, William Li, was co-author of the study.

: " ...The coronavirus was found to infect and inflict serious damage to the vascular endothelium — the single layer of cells that line the blood vessels of organs such as our brain, kidneys, heart and lungs....

: "If covid-19′s vascular effects are widespread, the more than 20 million patients who have “recovered” could be living with serious damage to their blood vessels. That could unleash a global surge in vascular diseases, from stroke and atherosclerosis to myocarditis and heart attack.”

: Until we know more, we should not be risking our kids (or their family’s) health. To those who say it's a personal choice to take that risk - your "choice" ends where it impacts my (or my family's) health. We have certain restrictions/laws that we agree are necessary to maintain a civil society - driving restrictions, seatbelt laws, smoking laws, etc. This should be one of those. No one should be playing basketball - or any indoor, group, contact sport - until we get a handle on this virus.

Read more than just the parts that support your alarmist view of this situation and maybe studies with a broader approach and view. Lots of "signs of" and "if" and "may" and "could". It also says it could take years to know. So we shut down everyone's life for 10 years and see what they say? They've been studying this for almost a year and yet they have nothing conclusive? You want to wait until they do?

If you read the complete study and the dozens upon dozens of others just like it, you'll notice a pattern. The studies are done on those that were hospitalized by the virus and therefore had severe cases and then it's only about half of the serious cases and even with them the long-term effects lessen and get better over time with almost all. They've also compared their findings to studies done on serious cases of the flu and found them to be very similar with many of the same long term effects.

So stop everything because "maybe" half of the half of the 1% of people that get Covid-19 "might" have long lasting effects like people with serious cases of the flu do?

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