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Covid cases are increasing in the UK and football seems more affected than most. A large number of players have not been vaccinated. As far as I know, this is not happening in other countries.
windinhishair · 61-69, M
It is affecting US sports at the moment, including the National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association, and college basketball. It will get much worse very soon. A little over a week ago, 99.9% of US cases were the delta variant. A week from now, omicron is expected to be the dominant strain, just in time for Christmas celebrations. That will create a terrible situation for January 2022 with so many deliberately unvaccinated.
Elessar · 26-30, M
For some reason you guys always experience variants before us all, minus maybe for the original/wild-type.

Judging by the data I'm reading from there, it won't take too long before we'll be on the very same boat.
Elessar · 26-30, M
@Burnley123 Eh, that's some serious level of shit luck then, I mean for all the three main variants to have emerged from those three.

Lucky you. I have my booking set for late February, but it'll be quite hard to get there uninfected. I've been extremely careful not to catch this sh_t until now, but I fear with those numbers this round will be inevitable.
Burnley123 · 41-45, M
@Elessar I'm not sure whether I had it or not. I got sick once before they had readily available tests.

The variants came out of India and South Africa because they each have big, crowded urban areas and don't have the money to make lockdowns effective. Si in each case, the virus has run through big populations of people and mutated.

We have a lot of people here from the Indian sub-continent and more than a few South Africans. People visiting family would have taken it back without realising.
Elessar · 26-30, M
@Burnley123 My colleagues back in 2020 were coughing as if they were about to throw up their lungs, some had a temperature lasting for weeks, and some reported a complete loss of smells. I don't trust entirely what they say because I'm under the impression they were trying the "we've got it, so you're safe to come back to the office" card, but I know for sure that at the very least the cough and the fever were real, it all happened one week before the first confirmed case coincidentally. I've taken an antibodies test that turned negative, but that was almost one year after the event (they weren't available before), so with what we now know about antibodies, I'm not surprised if they've just dropped by then. I'll never know I suppose.

Well true, the bad thing is that by the time we even realize a variant exists it's potentially in multiple countries already. I think I've read something about evidence of a mouse origin for omicron a few days ago. I'm under the impression this thing will hit with at least one new variant every winter by the looks of it. I didn't expect something as immune-escaping to emerge so early and abruptly though.

Eh, good luck enforcing a lockdown even here if omicron will render it necessary. The great majority of people are [i]fatigued[/i].
RodionRomanovitch · 56-60, M
From what I've heard , people basically stopped wearing masks after 'Freedom Day'. Maybe that's why you're reaping the whirlwind now ?
Thodsis · 46-50, M
Oh no! How will the ball players cope?
Burnley123 · 41-45, M
@Thodsis LOL. I am more annoyed that so many of the players haven't had vaccines. Its thought that between a quarter and a third of pro=players are not vaccinated at all, which is why this is happening.
Thodsis · 46-50, M
@Burnley123 Players of ball games aren't traditionally known for being very 'on the ball'.
Burnley123 · 41-45, M
@Thodsis They are definitely not the smartest. They are also young and rich, which doesn't help with responsibility.

The worst example was Jack Grealish. This guy is an England international and a top-level player. When the pandemic first broke he did an online video encouraging everyone to obey lockdown rules. This video was sincere sounding, somber in tone and taking the moral high ground, etc. Do the right thing kids.

That very night, he went to a party at one of his friend's houses, got drunk and crashed his sports car on the way home.

Yeah, not the brightest. 🤣
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
Maybe if the other team was sick we could win a game.

iamelijah · 26-30, F
Oh no. Is this going to affect UCL too?
Burnley123 · 41-45, M
@iamelijah Not necessarily. That doesn't start again for over a month so English football has time to get its house in order. It depends on the state of covid in Europe in the new year, which an uknown.
Helloeveryone · 56-60, F
My red and black is Monday

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