The next NFL Annual League Meeting will be in Palm Beach, FL at the end of March 2022. I’m sure whatever pictures we see will have those Billionaire Owners wearing tightly fitted black N95 masks since the CDC last Friday updated its mask guidance and admitted that the thin cloth masks actually "provide the least protection" against COVID-19. According to a New York Times article, it was "the first time the C.D.C. has explicitly addressed" the relative ineffectiveness of cloth masks. The NYT stated that the CDC acknowledged "that the cloth masks frequently worn by Americans do not offer as much protection as surgical masks or respirators. While this disparity is widely known to the general public, the update marks the first time the C.D.C. has explicitly addressed the differences."
And recently the Erie County Government is promoting N-95 masks. According to The Buffalo News, this month Erie County started distributing 400,000 KN95 masks.
WGRZ News reported on Jan 4th that "According to Poloncarz, town and village emergency managers in Erie County have received masks for pubic distribution in their area. In addition, any individuals can get a KN95 masks and/or procedural masks through nonprofit agencies or by visiting one of the various branches of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library."
In my opinion, the NFL went overboard when it started fining coaches for improperly wearing masks on the sidelines during games. After week two the NFL fined five head coaches for their failure to properly wear masks during their Week 2 games. Those fines were $100,000. After all, I believe there was never a case of COVID being transmitted outside during the hundreds of NFL & College games this season. If I’m wrong about that, please correct me in the comments, but I don’t think one or two cases invalidates my assertion that mandating that NFL Coaches to wear masks outside was an incorrect policy.
Starting in Week 13, all members of an NFL team’s traveling party were required to wear N95 or KN95 masks on team planes and buses.
But why not a 100% requirement for N95 masks? Why only for traveling for an away game - the logic of that escapes me.
If Green Bay is in the Super Bowl - will a maskless (but tested after his 90 day break expires) Aaron Rogers have to do his press interviews over zoom?
You never know. Just consider that this week the Sports World reached peak Covid-insanity with the deportation of Novak Djokovic (#1 Tennis Player in the world) from Australia.
FYI - in addition to the questionable effectiveness of cloth masks, here are some other Public Health pivots in case you didn’t notice, or were subject to the Jedi Media mind trick of ‘Nothing to see here, so move along’.
- The vaccinated can get and spread covid;
- Many people are entering hospitals with covid, not from covid (Fauci);
- We have to take into account societal needs, not just spread prevention (CDC);
- The asymptomatic should not be tested (NFL);
- We should focus on hospitalizations and deaths, not case rate (Biden);
- 75 percent of COVID deaths occurred among those with four or more comorbidities (CDC’s Walensky on Jan 7th);
- NY State hospitals ordered to provide better COVID data by reporting how many patients were admitted because of COVID, versus the number hospitalized for something else who later tested positive (Hochul).