Why are collegiate athletes testing for COVID-19?
The COVID-19 survival rate for 18-24-year-olds is over 99.9%.
Most young athletes who contract COVID have a simple case of sniffles and bounce back in days.
Despite their low risk of severe COVID-19 complications, college athletes must adhere to strict policies.
The narrative pushed on teams is vaccination will return your life to normalcy.
For the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears, life is anything but routine.
The school’s football team canceled their contest with USC this weekend due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
99% of their football student-athletes are fully vaccinated.
Weren’t we told this wouldn’t happen after COVID-19 inoculation?
Here’s the latest:
Cal football players are 99% vaccinated, but their football game against USC was just canceled because of covid. You guys need to realize that the coronabros aren’t ever going to quit. You have to fight them with every ounce of your ability.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 9, 2021
A University of California football team was 99% vaccinated before a big COVID-19 outbreak.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) November 10, 2021
The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California have postponed this Saturday’s football game because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Berkeley team. https://t.co/8d2H1AeIIx pic.twitter.com/RY474enYB8
— Inside Higher Ed (@insidehighered) November 11, 2021
BERKELEY — California's game against Southern California was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program, the first major college football game to be rescheduled this season because of COVID-19. https://t.co/vuZaxUdoDN
— Napa Register Sports (@NVR_Sports) November 10, 2021
🏈 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME POSTPONED: California's game against USC was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program. https://t.co/Cn2VKCe5Sf
— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) November 10, 2021
Cal Athletics released this statement:
Multiple Cal football student-athletes are in COVID protocol and will not be available to play in Saturday’s game at Arizona. All student-athletes traveling to Tucson will be tested and cleared prior to departing the Bay Area. Everyone within the Cal football program is compliant with UC Berkeley’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements, and 99 percent of football student-athletes are fully vaccinated. Due to state and federal student privacy laws, Cal Athletics is not able to comment on the personal health of individual student-athletes.
“Our primary concern is for the health of our student-athletes, and we continue to monitor the situation closely,” Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. “As we know, this pandemic is not over. We need to respect it and understand that it can affect much of what we do every day. Even with 99 percent of our football student-athletes fully vaccinated, we have seen that breakthrough cases are still possible.”
The California-USC matchup is the first game of the 2021-22 college football season postponed due to COVID-19.
For the Golden Bears, their uptick in positive COVID-19 tests have deteriorated their roster.
From FOX 5:
California’s game against Southern California was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program, the first major college football game called off this season because of COVID-19.
Cal played last week at Arizona without starting quarterback Chase Garbers and six other starters because of positive tests that knocked out 24 players and assistant coaches. The Bears lost 10-3 to Arizona.
Cal announced Tuesday that additional players tested positive this week and are unavailable to practice or play, leading to the postponement. Athletic director Jim Knowlton called it a “difficult decision.”
The Berkeley Department of Health confirmed 44 players on the California Golden Bears roster tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement provided to SFGATE, Berkeley’s Department of Public Health laid out previously unreported details about what is clearly a major COVID-19 outbreak in the Cal football program — including that at least 44 people in the program have tested positive for COVID over the past week or so.
“Berkeley Public Health continues to work closely with University Health Services to help contain and respond to a major COVID-19 outbreak involving the coaches, students, and staff in the Cal Football program,” the statement begins. “All of these 44 lab-confirmed cases involve people infected with highly contagious COVID-19, which spreads easily unless public health safeguards are used.”
Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, you can still catch COVID-19.
Both groups can spread COVID-19.
While the media portrays unvaccinated as the super spreaders, the reality is the opposite.
So, this COVID-19 outbreak amongst a 99% fully vaccinated team is no surprise.