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Fauci Says Sports May Need to Stay Benched Longer Amid Pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the countrys top infectious disease expert and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said in an interview Tuesday that professional sports may need to stay on hold for the rest of the year if the safety of players and fans cannot be assured.

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Fauci told The New York Times in an interview. “If you cant guarantee safety, then unfortunately youre going to have to bite the bullet and say, We may have to go without this sport for this season.”

Fauci said the key to bringing the nations sports industry out of lockdown is widespread COVID-19 testing that delivers quick results, and warned that pushing to reopen too soon would “only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago.”

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Epoch Times Photo Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Deborah Brix, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen to President Donald Trump speak at the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington on April 16, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” he added. “But as a health official, and a physician, and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, were not ready for that yet.”

Fauci said part of a gradual and measured approach to resuming sports could involve a phase in which players compete in empty stadiums in front of cameras, while socially-distanced fans tune in from afar.

“And then test all the players and make sure theyre negative and keep them in a place where they dont have contact with anybody on the outside who you dont know whether theyre positive or negative,” Fauci added.

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Italy A health staff checks the body temperature of cleaning staff arriving at the Juventus stadium before a soccer match in Turin, Italy, on March 8, 2020. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Faucis remarks in the interview echo earlier statements he made when discussing progress in efforts to mitigate the impact of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Speaking at a White House briefing on April 22, Fauci said that expectations of a “really bad week” in virus deaths were largely foiled by mitigation and containment strategies.

“We were starting to see some turnaround, some flattening, and some coming down,” he said of infection and death counts nationwide, attributing the progress to a “successful formula.”

“So what has happened is that the mitigation that we put in with the first 15 days and then the 30-day mitigation program of physical distancing worked,” he said. “So it got us to where we are today. It is a successful formula. It is the basis for our being able to say that we can now think seriously about reopening America.”

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