Dr. Fauci Says Sports Can Return If Certain Conditions Are Met

Those conditions include teams being quarantined and stadiums being empty

Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Sports Can Certain
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIH/NIAID. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

During a recent Snapchat interview with Peter Hamby, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that professional sports should be able to return only when certain critical conditions are met.

According to the country’s top infectious diseases expert, those conditions include holding events without fans in attendance and requiring players to commit to a strict quarantine both before and after competition. With those safeguards in place, we could see sports as early as this summer.

“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci said. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. … Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”

Fauci, who may be named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” said that he’s a sports fan himself and is anxious for games to return and establish a sense of normalcy in the country. “I want to see them play again,” he said.

Watching games on TV instead of in the stands may not be a problem for many sports fans, as a poll by the Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business found that 72 percent of Americans would not attend sporting events until a vaccine for the coronavirus has been created.

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