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Friday, October 23, 2020

Social distancing limited Covid-19 spread for Major League Baseball teams

To try to limit outbreaks this year, MLB took precautions, including holding games without fans, and banning high-fives, fist bumps and spitting among players. The enhanced team health and safety protocols reduced the time opposite team members would interact with each other and their interaction was mostly outdoors.

“Though one outbreak might not be representative of all scenarios faced by MLB, by mid October 2020, only 91 of 169,143 samples (0.05%) from 21 different teams returned positive test results,” the research team wrote. “No other Covid-19 outbreaks have spread to opposing MLB team members.”

Social distancing, playing games outside, mask measures, and other MLB health and safety protocols seemed to work, although the measures were “not infallible” and containing the disease with isolation and quarantine is important to limit the spread, the researchers concluded.

CDC Report: Mitigating a COVID-19 Outbreak Among Major League Baseball Players — United States, 2020


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 23, 2020 at 09:36 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: October 23, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5984716)
They were banned? I've seen plenty of high fives, low fives, and forearm bashes among players. Every now and then the camera catches a guy spitting too - probably happens a lot more than I've actually seen. Banning all of that stuff has zero effect if the players are not going to respect the ban.

From the Marlins and Cardinal outbreaks early in the season it sure seemed that if somebody gets it, it will spread through much of the team very quickly. Any success baseball had was not due to careful measures taken on the field or in the clubhouse by the players. The success was due to the vast majority of players being careful off the field, and not bringing it into the clubhouse in the first place. If they can all avoid getting the virus away from the park, then nobody can spread it at the park.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: October 23, 2020 at 11:26 AM (#5984719)
Tomas Nido did catch it and apparently not spread it to any other Mets.
   3. I Knew A Guy Who Knew A Guy Who Knew Rey Ordonez Posted: October 23, 2020 at 05:56 PM (#5984801)
From the Marlins and Cardinal outbreaks early in the season it sure seemed that if somebody gets it, it will spread through much of the team very quickly.

Wasn't one outbreak (maybe the Cardinals?) that was tied to someone in the clubhouse who shouldn't have been allowed in, as opposed to guys going out and bringing it in themselves?
   4. Hank Gillette Posted: October 23, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5984848)
I have to admit I was wrong. I did not think they would get through even a 60 game season. After a few initial outbreaks, they seemed to have tightened things up, and I give them credit for that.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: October 24, 2020 at 06:08 PM (#5984913)
Ir is pretty clear that presenting sports "safely" for athletes and staff is possible. Granted that two teams were shut down plus a few other players -- maybe 25 in total but out of just 1,000 or so athletes, coaches is still far from great. But rates have plummeted after the two big outbreaks. Meanwhile the NBA, NHL, women's soccer made it through their tourneys relatively unscathed. The Australian leagues have made it through their cobbled-together seasons and the Euro soccer leagues seem to be doing OK. The Giro d'Italia had two cycling teams drop out but it finishes today, the TdF completed and La Vuelta is ongoing. MLB might have been the least-bubbled of all of the sports (not sure how the soccer leagues are handling it) so it's pretty clear you can reasonably successfully socially isolate sport.

Now the question is whether you can allow fans back, how many ... and whether athletes will eventually tire of isolation set-ups.

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