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28 Student Athletes at Clemson U. Test Positive for Coronavirus

28 Student Athletes at Clemson U. Test Positive for Coronavirus

“majority of cases were asymptomatic and none required hospitalization”

The good news here is that most of the cases were asymptomatic.

FOX News reports:

Clemson athletics sees 28 positive coronavirus cases, nearly all from football team: report

Clemson athletics has been hit hard by the coronavirus with 28 student-athletes testing positive since returning to campus earlier this month, the university said Friday.

Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said that the majority of cases were asymptomatic and none required hospitalization.

The school said that the students who tested positive were from football, men’s basketball, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer but according to a report from The Athletic, 23 of the 28 cases were from the football team.

Athletes returned for on-campus training on June 8. Since then, 315 tests have been administered.

Kallin added that any positive cases have been isolated for a period of at least 10 days. Close known contacts with those affected have been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

Despite the spike in cases, the school does not plan to shut down voluntary summer workouts, according to The Athletic.


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celsius1939 | June 21, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Who cares?

Great opportunity for research on what happens to COVID-infected people in exceptionally good health.

    artichoke in reply to billdyszel. | June 23, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Not sure I’d assume they are in excellent health. They may be physical freaks-of-nature, where some extreme strengths are usually offset by other weaknesses. And they may be on drugs for performance enhancement or pain relief.

    NFL retirees usually die at around age 55. I wouldn’t call that good health. College football players have less miles on their bodies, less years of physical abuse, but still …

Since when does 28 asymptomatic cases count as being “hit hard”?!?

They make it sound like the Clemson locker room is on a par with a geriatric nursing home.

I wonder why they’d want to spin it that way.

Actually, no I don’t.

    MajorWood in reply to CorkyAgain. | June 22, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Yeah, I am always amazed at the epidemiologists who seem disappointed that it isn’t making people sicker.

    On a plus note, my son and I got together at a pizza joint for father’s day. Places are opening up and people are showing up. I guess that virtue signalling loses its allure when others who aren’t are instead having a good time.

    But from looking around, I am thinking that there is going to be a critical shortage of psychologists in the near future as people try to deal with the world and all of the new rules. I rarely have a mask on and I am outside a lot. It just stuns me that someone walking down the other side of the street feels to need to pull their mask up as we approach. IIRC, the recent NEJM article of corona-masking was talking about 3 minutes of close contact with a symptomatic patient being minimum for guaranteed transmission, and some even suggested 10 or 30 minutes. I’m thinking that the few microseconds that Karen was within 30 ft of me are likely not going to do much harm.

      artichoke in reply to MajorWood. | June 23, 2020 at 1:40 am

      An epidemiologist is not a doctor but a modeler who studies the spread of disease. If a sick person dies quickly and can’t spread the infection, that is safer for everyone else.

      So I don’t know if you meant exactly what you wrote, but if you did, it actually makes sense. Ebola was less dangerous because it could be isolated, a few people died, and it was done.

    artichoke in reply to CorkyAgain. | June 23, 2020 at 1:47 am

    23 from the football team. How many athletes comprise the football team? No more than 100, maybe more like 50.