COVID-19: Americans Say ‘No’ to Sports Events Without Vaccine

Most Americans do not want to attend future sporting events unless a vaccine for the new strain of Corona virus causes the Covid-19 disease.

All major sporting events across the United States have been shut down in the past month since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The pro league has promoted many plans and the time of the restart. However, the results of a sports survey by Seton Hall University showed that Americans disagreed about returning to the stadium before the COVID-19 vaccine was developed and completed.

A survey of 762 people conducted between April 6 and April 8, 2020 showed that 72% did not feel safe attending an athletic event without a vaccine. There are 61% of people having no safe feelings. 12% of Americans surveyed said they would feel safe only when there were preventive measures, while only 13% said they were safe.

In the survey, 40% of people said that no sport should be played for the rest of 2020. And 76% of people said they care about the continuation of the tournament and no audience. For example, the North American professional basketball league (NBA) is considering continuing the tournament without fans. Meanwhile, the survey shows support for decisions to stop professional sports tournaments in the US. 84% support the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games by one year.

The United States has the most cases of Covid-19 infections in the world, with more than 600,000 cases and more than 20.00 deaths. Professional tournaments like basketball, soccer, baseball, and hockey all suspend in mid-March. US President Donald Trump said he hoped that sports events would continue sooner but there are still doubts about reopening the stadium.

On the stadiums, eager faces of sports fans replaced by masks. Because of wearing a mask, cheering for the home team or taking a sip of beer is not easy. In this situation, the most popular liquid in most stadiums today is hand sanitizer. Sometimes, scorecards and signage also give more information about Covid-19 than information about the match.

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