Posted by Let's Get Real on February 09, 2021 at 10:09:31:
In Reply to: Re: Why are they dragging this out? posted by Coach on February 09, 2021 at 07:11:01:
: : They should announce there won't be a season already? What is left to see?
: : No chance we hit purple status by March.
: CIF and NFHS are negotiating and petitioning the state heavily to rescind the correlation between sports and the tiers and focus on precautions and restrictions. NFHS published a medical study that supports basketball played with masks is relatively as safe as outdoor sports. There have also been studies by several states' health departments that found there is no evidence that supports the idea that youth/high school sports is a spreader of Covid. I believe 30 states have completed or are about to complete their basketball seasons. None reported sports related breakouts. Hopefully our control freak governor pulls his head out soon and sees the facts.
All true. It is almost certain that we will have some sort of season starting in late March or April.
All the hand-wringing and doom-saying by Walt, Hedy, and the crazy guy who was going to shoot ICU patients has been exposed as a giant overreaction. Death rates have never approached the 5% or higher that Walt predicted and have instead hovered steadily around 1%, with most deaths in the 75+ age group or those with pre-existing conditions and/or compromised immune systems. Not only do we have vaccines available and distribution well under way but we are also better at treating those who get severely sick. Like I said before, you're far more likely to survive COVID than die from it. Healthy teens have almost no health risk, statistically speaking, from COVID.
Most states have already been playing sports safely, with the west coast states among the only holdouts. Pressure is being brought to bear by parents, students, and coaches for the kids to be allowed to play. The #LetThemPlay movement has picked up tremendous momentum. You can be sure that no politician is looking to commit career suicide by canceling sports this school year. We will undoubtedly hear good news about moving forward with some kind of season within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
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