With the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 reported across the United States, the National Football League (NFL) has advised teams to tighten up their infection control procedures in order to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading during the upcoming holiday season, which begins with Thanksgiving this week and runs through January.
Around Thanksgiving, NFL Enforcement And COVID Planning Will Intensify
According to a statement from the NFL, which was distributed to all 32 teams, this rising tendency, along with colder weather that has kept people inside, has resulted in an increased risk of infection among players and team workers.
According to the conclusions of their experts and statistical data on the issue, immunization continues to be the most effective method of preventing the virus from being contracted and spreading inside club premises. Due to an increase in positive tests throughout the country, and after conferring with their specialists and pooling their collective experience, they have chosen to make the following revisions to the Protocols and provide additional best practices.
At its Thanksgiving Day news conference, the NFL made a “strong recommendation,” in which it “strongly encouraged” teams to allow family and friends of players and staff members to participate in drive-through testing. Preliminary testing shall be conducted before any contact between athletes and members of the coaching staff and members of their families and friends, if at all possible. All players and Tier 1 and 2 staff members will be expected to submit to COVID-19 testing on Monday, November 29, and Wednesday, December 1, according to the NFL, in order to participate in the game on Monday, November 29, and Wednesday, December 1, regardless of their vaccination status. According to the National Institutes of Health, most people who have been immunized only need to be tested for COVID-19 once every 14 days after they have had their immunization after they have received it.
According to Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, a spike in COVID cases over Thanksgiving weekend, which occurred across the country as well as among NFL players, prompted the decision. The decision was prompted, in part, by an increase in COVID cases, which occurred across the country as well as among NFL players. According to the Associated Press, the NFL was also concerned about the probability of exposure increasing as a consequence of more significant travel and increased family engagement in the coming years.
In response to a question regarding the prospect of such an event at a press conference on Wednesday, Sills said that his team had considered and planned for it, just as they had done the year before. When the increased threat became evident the previous year, they implemented a number of additional processes in an attempt to reduce the problem. According to the league, “clubs are urged to exercise caution in the maintenance of procedures for both vaccine- and non-vaccinated players, and to submit video surveillance from team meetings and weight-room activity to us.”