If Major League Baseball is interested in kicking off some sort of season in the next few months, one of the medical leaders in the United States’ fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus has a few ideas for how it might work.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on the Snapchat show “Good Luck America” to talk about COVID-19 and warn the younger audience about the role it plays in spreading the virus. When asked whether or not he expects the college football season to begin on time, Dr. Fauci was optimistic.
"There's a way of doing that," he said. "Nobody comes to the stadiums. Put [athletes] in big hotels, wherever you want to play. Keep them very well-surveilled, but have them tested like every week and make sure they don't wind up infecting each other or their families and just let them play the season out."
MLB is among the professional sports leagues reportedly considering playing its season without fans. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26, but the league has yet to announce a target date for when games could be played again.
Reports have indicated that sports including MLB, the NFL and NBA are considering bringing back games without fans—which Fauci believes would be good enough for fans like him, who just want sports to start again.
"I think you'll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me," Fauci said. "I'm living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again."
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