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Poll: Will the current NBA season end-up being cancelled due to Covid?

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Will the NBA Season Be Cancelled Due To Covid

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Poll: Will the current NBA season end-up being cancelled due to Covid? 

Post#1 » by closg00 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:16 pm

Amid widespread coronavirus concerns wreaking havoc on the league, the NBA and its players association reached an agreement on Tuesday requiring additional health and safety protocols for the current season.

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba-players-association-agree-to-new-covid-19-health-and-safety-protocols-203325650.html

Covid appears to be spreading through the NBA, what happens next?
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Post#2 » by nate33 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:04 pm

Is it really spreading? I mean, are more actual NBA players actually testing positive? Or do we just have an increase in overly cautious quarantine actions because an NBA player happens to walk past another NBA player or coach who has tested positive but is totally asymptomatic?

Most of what we have been told is a lie. Asymptomatic spread of the virus is practically non-existent. Healthy people who feel well enough to play basketball are not spreaders. If you are not coughing and sneezing, you aren't spreading the virus. Most of our policies to fight the virus make no sense. There is virtually no correlation between the restrictiveness of a jurisdiction's lockdown policy and the propagation of the virus. Most of these NBA policies also make no sense.

Heck, has a single NBA player even been hospitalized? Is there any data that shows the NBA players are contracting the virus at a greater rate than regular people who mostly stay at home?
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Post#3 » by NatP4 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:58 pm

nate33 wrote:Is it really spreading? I mean, are more actual NBA players actually testing positive? Or do we just have an increase in overly cautious quarantine actions because an NBA player happens to walk past another NBA player or coach who has tested positive but is totally asymptomatic?

Most of what we have been told is a lie. Asymptomatic spread of the virus is practically non-existent. Healthy people who feel well enough to play basketball are not spreaders. If you are not coughing and sneezing, you aren't spreading the virus. Most of our policies to fight the virus make no sense. There is virtually no correlation between the restrictiveness of a jurisdiction's lockdown policy and the propagation of the virus. Most of these NBA policies also make no sense.

Heck, has a single NBA player even been hospitalized? Is there any data that shows the NBA players are contracting the virus at a greater rate than regular people who mostly stay at home?


So true. You have family members of players criticizing the league for caring more about money than health and safety. It’s all a mess. The contact tracing rules make absolutely no sense. They should simply do weekly testing 2 or 3 times a week, if you test positive, you sit until you test negative twice in a row. The NBA has done a terrible job which has created all of these silly narratives and put pressure on them to cancel or postpone the season.

Have any of these players actually been too sick to play basketball?

Who can blame George Hill for his comments about “I’m a grown man, if I want to go see my family I’m going to go see my family, they can’t tell me what to do. If it was that dangerous maybe we shouldn’t be playing”
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Post#4 » by closg00 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:48 pm

Games are being postponed left and right today, tomorrow? Who-knows
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Post#5 » by FAH1223 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:57 pm

Too much money is at stake. If NBA didn't come back at Christmas, the league would have lost $600M according to Stephen A. Smith.
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Post#6 » by FAH1223 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:59 pm

nate33 wrote:Is it really spreading? I mean, are more actual NBA players actually testing positive? Or do we just have an increase in overly cautious quarantine actions because an NBA player happens to walk past another NBA player or coach who has tested positive but is totally asymptomatic?

Most of what we have been told is a lie. Asymptomatic spread of the virus is practically non-existent. Healthy people who feel well enough to play basketball are not spreaders. If you are not coughing and sneezing, you aren't spreading the virus. Most of our policies to fight the virus make no sense. There is virtually no correlation between the restrictiveness of a jurisdiction's lockdown policy and the propagation of the virus. Most of these NBA policies also make no sense.

Heck, has a single NBA player even been hospitalized? Is there any data that shows the NBA players are contracting the virus at a greater rate than regular people who mostly stay at home?



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Post#7 » by doclinkin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:37 pm

nate33 wrote:I mean, are more actual NBA players actually testing positive? Or do we just have an increase in overly cautious quarantine actions because an NBA player happens to walk past another NBA player or coach who has tested positive but is totally asymptomatic?

Most of what we have been told is a lie. Asymptomatic spread of the virus is practically non-existent.


Journal of American Medical Association says wrong. Almost 60% of infections are caused by asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. 1 in 4 from people who never develop symptoms at all.

We are in a surge. Bad information spreads faster than infections.

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Under baseline assumptions, approximately 59% of all transmission came from asymptomatic transmission: 35% from presymptomatic individuals and 24% from individuals who are never symptomatic (Figure 1). Because each component is uncertain, we assessed different timings of peak infectiousness relative to illness onset and different proportions of transmission from individuals who never have symptoms. Maintaining the 24% of transmission from individuals who never have symptoms, but shifting peak infectiousness 1 day earlier (to day 4) increased presymptomatic transmission to 43% and all asymptomatic transmission to 67% (Figure 1A). A later peak (ie, day 6) decreased presymptomatic to 27% and all asymptomatic transmission to 51% (Figure 1C).


Those two factors are what make this virus more virulent: a) it spreads asymptomatically more easily than flu and other viruses, and many who are otherwise healthy don't know that they are carriers. Normally if you are sick you stay home in bed moaning. Here, you may be at a strip club or be invited up to the room of an NBA player to hang out for a while... And b) information about the pandemic has become politicized, so people have difficulty distinguishing what risk factors are worth facing or what preventative measures are sensible.

I have no doubt many NBA players (who have peak fitness and no comorbid complications) would be able to play multiple games even with symptomatic COVID. Doesn't mean they wouldn't be infectious and manage to kill their coach.
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Post#8 » by Kanyewest » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:46 pm

It could get postponed and I imagine they would do a bubble again.
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Post#9 » by Ruzious » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:57 pm

More NBA players haven't gotten it because of the rules the NBA's set up, so I don't get what anyone's complaining about. If players do get it, they'd spread it to other players and other people - including coaches and other NBA employees - not to mention every other person they make any contact with. Does anyone really not understand that? A friend of mine got it late last week - she's been in the hospital since then - she's improving but still not out of the woods. It really pisses me off when people take this so lightly. Thank you to the NBA.
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Post#10 » by nate33 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:16 pm

doclinkin wrote:
nate33 wrote:I mean, are more actual NBA players actually testing positive? Or do we just have an increase in overly cautious quarantine actions because an NBA player happens to walk past another NBA player or coach who has tested positive but is totally asymptomatic?

Most of what we have been told is a lie. Asymptomatic spread of the virus is practically non-existent.


Journal of American Medical Association says wrong. Almost 60% of infections are caused by asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. 1 in 4 from people who never develop symptoms at all.

We are in a surge. Bad information spreads faster than infections.

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Under baseline assumptions, approximately 59% of all transmission came from asymptomatic transmission: 35% from presymptomatic individuals and 24% from individuals who are never symptomatic (Figure 1). Because each component is uncertain, we assessed different timings of peak infectiousness relative to illness onset and different proportions of transmission from individuals who never have symptoms. Maintaining the 24% of transmission from individuals who never have symptoms, but shifting peak infectiousness 1 day earlier (to day 4) increased presymptomatic transmission to 43% and all asymptomatic transmission to 67% (Figure 1A). A later peak (ie, day 6) decreased presymptomatic to 27% and all asymptomatic transmission to 51% (Figure 1C).


Those two factors are what make this virus more virulent: a) it spreads asymptomatically more easily than flu and other viruses, and many who are otherwise healthy don't know that they are carriers. Normally if you are sick you stay home in bed moaning. Here, you may be at a strip club or be invited up to the room of an NBA player to hang out for a while... And b) information about the pandemic has become politicized, so people have difficulty distinguishing what risk factors are worth facing or what preventative measures are sensible.

I have no doubt many NBA players (who have peak fitness and no comorbid complications) would be able to play multiple games even with symptomatic COVID. Doesn't mean they wouldn't be infectious and manage to kill their coach.

That's a very recent study using simulation models that contradicts most of the research on the issue. I'll wait until experts more knowledgeable than me critique it before I give it much credence.

For a counter argument, read this:
https://www.jeremyrhammond.com/2020/12/15/the-big-lie-about-asymptomatic-transmission-of-sars-cov-2/

You can just jump to the section on "what the science actually says" that shows you the dozens of analyses showing virtually no asymptomatic transmission. Many show none at all.

Furthermore, try using real world experience. Why is it that draconian lockdown states with lots of contact tracing like California, Illinois and New York are having no better impact in controlling the virus than lenient states like Florida and South Dakota?

Basically, the only mitigation measure that seems to help is closed borders and isolation. Places like New Zealand that closed their borders before the infection became widespread have managed to shut it out completely. Every other western nation has had no success. Countries that were successful early, like those in Eastern Europe, merely had a surge later on. Virus gonna virus.
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Post#11 » by Ruzious » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:32 pm

CA, IL, and NY have the hub cities of the US - and therefore have far more movement of people than anywhere else in the US. Of course they're going to have more problems than other areas. South Dakota... there's nobody coming in and out of there.
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Post#12 » by doclinkin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:47 pm

nate33 wrote:Basically, the only mitigation measure that seems to help is closed borders and isolation. Places like New Zealand that closed their borders before the infection became widespread have managed to shut it out completely. Every other western nation has had no success. Countries that were successful early, like those in Eastern Europe, merely had a surge later on. Virus gonna virus.


Germany did great with lockdown and contact tracing, then as with much of Europe they opened up to 'lockdown lite' and saw a surge.

Ok, I read the article by libertarian 'independent journalist' Jeremy Hammond. And it does not contradict the January 7th scientific study I cite, but underscores what I said. Here the author nitpicks between whether PRE-symptomatic and A-symptomatic carriers are in fact driving the infection. It is a distinction without a difference. In both cases the carrier likely has no idea that they are spreading the infection. The studies do show that both can spread the infection. They are mobile, interacting with folks, and active during that time. The study I cited (again as of less than a week ago) suggests whether or not they develop symptoms later, people who have it and do not have symptoms can be infectious, to a rate of 60%. That's not zero.

None of that backs up your assertion that 'most of what we have been told is a lie'. Fair to back off to a position that says

I'll wait until experts more knowledgeable than me critique it


But when it comes to a disease that has killed over 380K Americans, to err on the side of caution is only sensible. Put it this way: our population is 328 million. Over one in every thousand Americans has now died from COVID in the past year.

Or more locally: Would you attend a Wizards home game (20,000 fans) knowing that on your way out the door a death squad would randomly pick 20 people to execute?
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Post#13 » by nate33 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:12 pm

doclinkin wrote:
nate33 wrote:Basically, the only mitigation measure that seems to help is closed borders and isolation. Places like New Zealand that closed their borders before the infection became widespread have managed to shut it out completely. Every other western nation has had no success. Countries that were successful early, like those in Eastern Europe, merely had a surge later on. Virus gonna virus.


Germany did great with lockdown and contact tracing, then as with much of Europe they opened up to 'lockdown lite' and saw a surge.

Ok, I read the article by libertarian 'independent journalist' Jeremy Hammond. And it does not contradict the January 7th scientific study I cite, but underscores what I said. Here the author nitpicks between whether PRE-symptomatic and A-symptomatic carriers are in fact driving the infection. It is a distinction without a difference. In both cases the carrier likely has no idea that they are spreading the infection. The studies do show that both can spread the infection. They are mobile, interacting with folks, and active during that time. The study I cited (again as of less than a week ago) suggests whether or not they develop symptoms later, people who have it and do not have symptoms can be infectious, to a rate of 60%. That's not zero.

None of that backs up your assertion that 'most of what we have been told is a lie'. Fair to back off to a position that says

I'll wait until experts more knowledgeable than me critique it


But when it comes to a disease that has killed over 380K Americans, to err on the side of caution is only sensible. Put it this way: our population is 328 million. Over one in every thousand Americans has now died from COVID in the past year.

Or more locally: Would you attend a Wizards home game (20,000 fans) knowing that on your way out the door a death squad would randomly pick 20 people to execute?

I'm fully in support of closing the stadiums to fans. The problem there is that there may be stupid and/or immoral fans who will show up knowing they have symptoms. Symptomatic people are certainly spreaders! The elimination of mass gatherings is absolutely an intelligent and appropriate countermeasure to the spread of the virus.

And regarding the article I posted, I'd say the following paragraph contradicts the study you posted:

Researchers in Wuhan did a city-wide screening between May 14 and June 1 using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays to detect viral RNA in residents. Among eligible residents, which was those aged six years or older, 92.9 percent participated, which amounted to 9,899,828 people.

With this intensive screening program, they identified no new COVID-19 cases. Yet there were positive test results for 300 individuals who were asymptomatic. Among these, 63 percent also tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, offering additional evidence that they had indeed been infected.

The researchers also tried to culture virus from asymptomatic individuals who tested positive, but the results indicated that there was “no ‘viable virus’ in positive cases detected in this study”. Consequently, despite testing positive for viral RNA, none of these individuals appeared capable of transmitting the virus to others.

As the authors stated, “there was no evidence of transmission from asymptomatic positive persons to traced close contacts.” The asymptomatic individuals who tested positive “were unlikely to be infectious.”

I mentioned how the WHO’s June 5 guidance on mask use noted that asymptomatic individuals are less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms. That document was updated again on December 1 (archived here). It now states that studies have estimated that around 20 percent of people who become infected never develop disease symptoms. Asymptomatic transmission “can occur”, but studies continue to suggest that “asymptomatically infected individuals are less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms.”

That review expressed the role of each type of transmission in terms of the “secondary attack rate”, which they defined as “the number of new SARS-CoV-2 infection cases among susceptible contacts of primary cases divided by the total number of susceptible contacts.”

The review also uses the term “asymptomatic case”. Keep in mind that this means a person who received a positive PCR test but never developed COVID-19.

Three studies following up on 17, 91, and 455 close contacts of asymptomatic cases, respectively, found no evidence for asymptomatic transmission—an attack rate of “0%”.

A fourth study following up on 305 contacts of 8 asymptomatic cases identified one secondary case, for an attack rate of “0.3%”.

A fifth study following up on 119 contacts of 12 asymptomatic cases likewise identified one secondary case, for an attack rate of “0.8%”. That study also showed that “close contacts that lived with an index case had 12 times the risk of infection as those who did not live with the index case”.

In other words, asymptomatic transmission, when it does occur, appears much more likely to occur in households rather than public settings—which has great relevance for circumstances in which adults are being ordered to stay at home from jobs and children are kept home from schools by government policymakers.


Regarding the presymptomatic versus asymptomatic, the latest studies I saw are that virus shedding of presymptomatic can occur up to 2-3 days before symptoms. So if you test a player and he is positive but without symptoms, a 3-day quarantine should be enough to confirm if presymptomatic or asymptomatic.
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Post#14 » by closg00 » Yesterday 4:51 pm

6 Wizard players have tested positive
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Post#15 » by verbal8 » Yesterday 4:58 pm

FAH1223 wrote:Too much money is at stake. If NBA didn't come back at Christmas, the league would have lost $600M according to Stephen A. Smith.


I think they might lose regular season games, but I think there will be a season and play-offs.
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Post#16 » by montestewart » Yesterday 6:51 pm

I predicted the Wizards would have a 44-28 record this season. Why do I bother predicting anything?

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Post#17 » by Halcyon » Yesterday 7:15 pm

I wonder if they would pause the season until everyone is vaccinated. Which would take a while...

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