Thursday, April 30

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Resuming Major Sports: 'Safety [Is] Everything'

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DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, THE DIRECTOR of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and the point man on the coronavirus task force, loves sports like many of the rest of us.

Dr. Fauci played basketball and baseball growing up. He still runs at the age of 79. A baseball fan, the Brooklyn-born doctor said he roots for the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.

But as a public health expert Dr. Fauci urged caution as the country eases through the first wave of the pandemic.

"Safety," Dr. Fauci said in a New York Times interview, "for the players and for the fans, trumps everything. If you can't guarantee safety, then unfortunately you're going to have to bite the bullet and say, 'We may have to go without this sport for this season.'"

"Broad access" to testing will be required for major sports to resume, according to Dr. Fauci. Manufacturers have made progress. They still have a ways to go before America can play ball.

He added: "If we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago."

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