If you’re one of the many people who see packed NFL stadiums and worry that they might be super-spreading events, you’re not alone.
If you observe people watching baseball in close quarters within a packed stadium and think COVID-19 has given that a big thumbs up, don’t worry, according to one of the world’s top immunologists.
A Specialist On COVID-19 Vaccine Is Less Worried About Crowded Stadiums
According to Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who was involved in the development of the Moderna vaccine, “if you’ve had a stadium filled with people and several of them were vaccinated, they would be protected, but others will be saved from severe disease.”
“There are certain reservations,” she said. “Some of the things that concern those who research what we do are things such as individuals shouting at the top of their voices at stadiums. However, in general, I am not as worried about stadiums since I am concerning things such as young people who do not take vaccinations seriously, for example.”
That’s the uplifting portion of the story. What she says after that is really eye-opening. Corbett thinks that COVID-19 becomes an inextricable element of everyday life in the future. Instead of killing 600,000 people a year, she predicts that the virus will kill 50,000 people a year and become more similar to the flu.
“The virus will be here to remain,” she said emphatically. “We have passed the point of no return in terms of viral eradication.” Corbett is a Shutter Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also an associate professor of immunotherapy and contagious diseases, where she has worked since 2005.
She has previously worked with the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases and the National Institutes of Health, among other places. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology.
Corbett’s entry into the sports world happened at a time when vaccinations and science were being embraced by broad swathes of the community. In the NFL, for example, there have been occasional snags, but generally, the league has performed a far better job of adopting vaccines than has the rest of the country.
While a great deal is known about Corbett, and she has a long list of achievements (not the least of which is her role in the development of a lifesaving vaccine), her participation in athletics is less well recognized. This is due to the fact that she has, for the most part, kept her involvement under wraps.
Corbett said that she has talked with players and representatives from specific teams in order to address concerns regarding the coronavirus as well as the vaccination. Her meeting with Washington Football Team was intended to be kept a secret, but news ultimately got out that it had taken place.
A public discussion with Kareen Abdul-Jabbar was also part of her schedule. Corbett said that she had talked with representatives from “three professional teams or one extremely high-profile collegiate football team,” as well as individual players.