NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills revealed in an interview on NFL Community that league information reveals asymptomatic people haven’t been spreading COVID-19.
“We’ve actually not seen this phenomenon that people have mentioned, which is asymptomatic people within the facility spreading the virus to others,” Sills mentioned, per ESPN. “As we’ve gone again and appeared all through all the season, what we’ve seen persistently is that when people have signs, that’s once they appear to be contagious to others.
“Our information has been constant of that all through the season, and I feel it’s notably true of this new variant, with omicron, of what we’re seeing.”
He added that the league’s new protocols are based mostly on this information, which starkly contrasts what public well being authorities have mentioned all through the pandemic. In keeping with a study published online in early January 2021 by authors from the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, “transmission from asymptomatic people was estimated to account for greater than half of all transmission.”
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, 320 gamers are on the league’s Reserve/COVID-19 record because the starting of final week, a majority having little to no signs. On Thursday, 46 gamers discovered themselves on the record—all testing constructive—Pelissero reported.
COVID-19 circumstances have skyrocketed throughout the NFL, main the league to postpone three video games final week. The NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation agreed to new protocols in response to the outbreak, a part of which basically ends weekly testing for vaccinated gamers and begins random testing.
Unvaccinated people nonetheless have to check day by day, however except chosen randomly, vaccinated gamers will solely be required to get examined once they have signs. According to Sills, the league is constant to check over 1,000 people a day throughout the league beneath the brand new protocols.
Per ESPN, greater than 94% of gamers and virtually 100% of coaches are vaccinated.
“It’s all about symptom recognition and immediate testing,” Sills mentioned, per The Athletic. “If you concentrate on it, somebody might need gotten examined on Monday, had no signs, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday they develop signs and so they thought ‘Effectively, I should be OK as a result of I simply examined damaging one or two days in the past’ and so they wouldn’t get examined for plenty of days. Now, beneath the brand new programs, they’re coming ahead and getting examined straight away and getting examined the primary time they’ve signs, which once more, makes everybody round them safer.”
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