Coronavirus Pandemic

#251      
the ole ball coach
Milford
https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinars/episode-40

Dr. Osterholm has a series of podcasts on the virus. He has talked about the new variants (Brazil, South Africa, etc.) the last few episodes. There is not a definitive answer yet. He thinks its unlikely because they are so different. I suppose others may have a differing opinion and I probably should have stated that clearer.
ok , as all info i have read indicates that they think it MAY be resistant to the antibody, but they think it is still stopped by the vaccine .

the virus is obviously evolving and it appears the science is also evolving .

time will tell
 
#252      
I read somewhere that the B1G reported more COVID related cases than any other conference. I don't know for sure if that is true, nor even what it really means if all it shows is better testing, but I read it somewhere.
 
#253      
I read somewhere that the B1G reported more COVID related cases than any other conference. I don't know for sure if that is true, nor even what it really means if all it shows is better testing, but I read it somewhere.

I do believe that we are among the "best" at testing, but I am not 100% sure. Honestly, it's controversial to say, but the fact of the matter is that many of these kids would just go about their daily lives not even knowing they had it. While it is obviously a good thing that we are catching it (so that they cannot infect other potentially more vulnerable people), I do think we are going to start to see less of an emphasis on mass testing in the summer months as hospitalizations are declining due to the many of the most vulnerable being vaccinated. Speaking STRICTLY from a public health perspective, a bunch of people in their 20s getting COVID, being symptom-free and not being able to pass it to their grandparents or parents or vulnerable friends isn't going to create too much of a panic.
 
#254      
Forgottonia
I do believe that we are among the "best" at testing, but I am not 100% sure. Honestly, it's controversial to say, but the fact of the matter is that many of these kids would just go about their daily lives not even knowing they had it. While it is obviously a good thing that we are catching it (so that they cannot infect other potentially more vulnerable people), I do think we are going to start to see less of an emphasis on mass testing in the summer months as hospitalizations are declining due to the many of the most vulnerable being vaccinated. Speaking STRICTLY from a public health perspective, a bunch of people in their 20s getting COVID, being symptom-free and not being able to pass it to their grandparents or parents or vulnerable friends isn't going to create too much of a panic.
I’m mostly playing devils advocate here, but the problem with letting it run rampant thru the population is that it will mutate more often and could present a variant that does affect younger people more severely. This thing is slippery that way.
 
#255      
Cary, IL
I read somewhere that the B1G reported more COVID related cases than any other conference. I don't know for sure if that is true, nor even what it really means if all it shows is better testing, but I read it somewhere.
I did hear BU state that UI is tested twice a day. I can't imagine everyone in the country doing the same.
 
#256      
Covid is has, for long stretches of time, ranked as the leading cause of mortality in the US and for all of 2020 was a close 3rd behind heart disease and cancer, which are both mercifully non-comminicable. Can't believe I still have to say this, but, this thing is serious. Taking this seriously is not an impediment to getting back to normal. It is actually a necessary step on the way back to normalcy.

 
#258      
Love it. Will be interesting to see how the players respond to all those stimuli. They should only be letting in fully vaccinated folks!

Probably not going to happen given distribution has not made its way to most of the population under 50.
 
#259      
Just have big ten alumni who are essential workers and vaccinated. I'd rather not subject the Midwest to mutant strains and the seats will be filled either way. Unnecessary risk. But we don't like hurting feelings in the US so I understand.
 
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#260      
Probably not going to happen given distribution has not made its way to most of the population under 50.

Yeah, I don't think that's a possible enough requirement now, and that's fine. As cases and hospitalizations plummet, you start to relax restrictions and start to accept certain (smaller) risks of COVID ... we all knew that was how it's going to be. I wonder how much tickets would be?? I have already decided that if the Illini are in the Final Four, I will simply spend every last penny I have to get into Lucas Oil, but I wouldn't mind going to the BTT, as well!
 
#261      
If organizations start looking at your vaccination history to allow access, then I'm very concerned about there even being sports in our near future. That's a dangerous path.
Showing some sort of card with evidence you were vaccinated does not seem unreasonable considering the legitimate danger the virus already poses. I get the aversion from a "slippery slope" perspective but there are definitely ways to do this without being unnecessarily invasive. Same thing as with a doctor's note from McKinkley at UIUC - shows only what you need for the circumstance and does not disclose anything else. Safety is the higher priority and those who don't want to share that information can elect not to attend.
 
#262      
the ole ball coach
Milford
requiring a vax is not possible

you let people in and space them out and require masks at all times .

that’s how it’s done until we get to about a 75% vaccination level .
 
#263      
The BigTen should procure enough Vacines for all the kids and give it to them now 2 weeks before the tournament