USA TODAY - Speaking as part of a New York Times panel discussion about how to re-start America amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, said he did not think large gatherings would be possible until after a vaccine is widely distributed in 12-18 months.
“Larger gatherings — conferences, concerts, sporting events — when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility,” Emanuel told the Times. “I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically, we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.
You can’t just flip a switch and open the whole of society up. It’s just not going to work. It’s too much. The virus will definitely flare back to the worst levels. So I think you are going to have to do segments. Again, this requires testing and tracking, so you reduce the risk of the infection spreading, even if it doesn’t come down to zero.”
Ok, ok, everyone CALM DOWN. I know we all want to panic but now is not the time panic. So what if this so-called expert thinks a sports gathering won't be possible until 2021? He's a doctor, not God, or even a fortune teller. Doctors are wrong all the time! They misdiagnose patients every single day!
Not only that, they're notorious for handing out worst-case scenarios, the whole under-promise, over-deliver act. Of course, they're not going to tell you, "Hey don't worry, I guarantee with 100% certainty this surgery is going to fix everything!" That just sets an impossible standard of success: if it works, cool the doctor said it would, and if it doesn't, then that doctor is both a failure and a liar. So instead they'll something non-committal like, "It's hard to say exactly what the results are going to be, but we're going to go in there and do whatever we can to get you there." See, now your expectations have been lowered and you'll be much more gracious with the results, regardless of what they are.
That's exactly what Dr. Emanuel is doing. You think he wants millions of sports fans all across the country pissed at him for claiming fan game attendance would begin this fall, if/when it doesn't happen? Absolutely not. So instead he picked a date far off in the distance that allows him plenty of time for re-consideration. Brilliant really.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.