Doctors on the return of sports: 'Fans may not be in stadiums until well into 2021'


When will fans be let back into stadiums? Is it safe to reopen leagues? And will the sporting landscape be changed forever?

Dr Nate Favini, medical lead at Forward healthcare services: “It all comes down to testing. If you have rapid and highly accurate tests, and you have the ability to do enough of them, so you can test people often and quickly, that’s basically the threshold you need to meet to reopen sports. Imagine if you could test every NBA player every day – and exclude anyone who tests positive – and let players play in empty stadiums, you could restart today. But you have to have testing available at that scale. It will probably be eight months until we have that.”

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