Dr. Anthony Fauci casts doubt on 2020 NFL season without more precautions


The 2020 NFL season is still scheduled to be played in home markets across the country, but one of the nation's foremost experts on the coronavirus isn't so sure. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the most visible figure in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, spoke with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what the fall sports schedule may look like, and it's not good: 

“Unless players are essentially in a bubble – insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day – it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”

Fauci's quotes are just the latest reminder that we're still very much in the middle of a historically devastating pandemic, fighting a virus without a vaccine. With most epidemiologists in agreement about the certainty of a second wave this fall, it's feasible that the NFL might not be able to play in every home market. Teams like the Texans and Cowboys have already seen players infected, and with rising infection rates in several other states, they won't be the only ones. 

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