TONY FAUCI TO NFL: 4 MONTHS TO PROTECT PLAYERS AND FANS!

By Harvey Hoffman

America’s top infectious disease doc Tony Fauci had a bitter pill for the NFL yesterday.

If the NFL were scheduled to start its season anytime soon, Fauci thinks there is no way that could happen amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Fortunately, the league has about four months to go before kickoff, at which point the Trump administration’s top infectious disease expert thinks it is at least “feasible” that fans could see professional football get underway as planned.

Those fans would most likely be watching from afar come September, though, and not sitting in the stands, Fauci noted in comments published Monday by NBCSports.com. There is a chance NFL stadiums might have a third or even half of their seats occupied, but attendees would still need to engage in appropriate social distancing.

None of that will be possible, though, unless testing for the coronavirus ramps up and helps to sharply bring down the rate of infection, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Widespread preventive protocols will be all the more important, he said, in the event the pandemic re-intensifies in the autumn and/or winter.

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