Changes to the NFL COVID protocols came fast and furious this week when it became known that over 100 players, the majority of whom are “fully vaccinated”, tested positive for COVID. The large number of positive tests forced several game cancellations and schedule changes. The new COVID protocols will now allow fully vaccinated players to avoid testing for COVID unless they manifest symptoms. This will greatly reduce the number of “COVID cases” and insure that teams will have enough players available for upcoming games.
Critics of the new policy point out that even asymptomatic fully vaccinated players, or those with very mild symptoms, can still pass on the virus. With so much money at stake, its not a stretch to believe that fully vaccinated players may elect to hide their symptoms in order to avoid testing and thereby remain eligible to play in upcoming games.
Non-vaccinated players will still be required to test daily, not because they might contract or spread COVID at a higher rate than their fully vaccinated teammates, but as punishment for not conforming to the league’s vaccine mandate.
Bottom line: It’s not in the NFL’s interest to have fully vaccinated players testing positive for COVID. By discontinuing regular testing of vaccinated players, COVID case counts will fall, the games will go on, and the NFL’s Big Pharma sponsors won’t look so bad because their vaccines are proving worthless. With the much milder Omicron variant fast becoming the dominant strain, positive COVID cases can now be managed (or masked) simply by taking antihistamines and/or decongestants. As an added bonus, the new protocols will insure that nobody will be able to track who’s actually contracting and spreading the new variant.
As they like to say in the entertainment industry, the show must go on.
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“NFL will end mandatory COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic vaccinated players in major protocol change”
by Henry Bushnell Sat, December 18, 2021, 11:45 AM