The NFL’s COVID insurance policies have made little sense all season. And regardless of their plans, the league’s protocols have given vaccinated gamers little edge over the unvaccinated.
The NFL set stringent protocols for unvaccinated gamers this season. Most notably, the NFL forces unvaccinated gamers who take a look at constructive to overlook 10 days of participation. Meanwhile, the NFL has allowed vaccinated constructive gamers to return after two unfavorable exams at the very least 24 hours aside.
This distinction duped the media into reporting that unvaccinated gamers have been hurting their groups and lacking way more time. In actuality, there’s hardly been a disparity between the 2 teams separated by the jab.
According to ESPN knowledge, solely 20% of vaccinated gamers who examined constructive have returned in fewer than 10 days. Meaning, 80% of COVID constructive NFL gamers have sat out for at the very least 10 days no matter vaccination standing.
Moreover, a few of the most vaccinated groups have been hit the toughest by COVID. The Kansas City Chiefs have a vaccination fee of over 95% but have positioned 13 gamers on the COVID reserve record in the previous week. That’s to not say the vaccine is the trigger, but it surely proves the COVID vaccine has not protected groups from outbreaks, one other delusion promulgated by the media.
Now, the NFL hopes to extend that 20% return fee with up to date protocols. The NFL’s new guidelines solely require vaccinated gamers to check unfavorable as soon as, amongst different potentialities. So, in principle, this replace may enhance the variety of vaccinated gamers who return earlier than the 10-day mark. But the change is also minimal. Here’s why:
Members of the Cleveland Browns are but to return a unfavorable take a look at after testing constructive per week in the past. Further, Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Chris Jones stays in the protocol after his constructive take a look at over eight days in the past with no stories he has examined unfavorable. (Note: Cleveland’s gamers and Jones are grandfathered into earlier protocols, however the timeframe between the COVID exams stays contextual.)
The aggressive benefit between vaccinated gamers over unvaccinated is to this point minuscule. The margin is definitely not sufficient for the media to justify character assassinating unvaccinated gamers because it has.
So whereas the press labeled Aaron Rodgers egocentric as a result of he examined constructive for COVID whereas unvaccinated, it’s way more probably than not that Rodgers would have missed the identical one sport had he obtained the vaccine in November.
The sports activities media claims it’s data-driven. Let’s see what number of of those sheep cite that so few vaccinated gamers have been capable of take a look at out of COVID protocols in fewer than 10 days. Will a single one even notice the discovering? Of course not.