Sports events should be suspended in countries with COVID-19 cases, says expert


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In a statement on Thursday (12), Conmebol decided to suspend the Copa Libertadores matches starting next week.

Conmebol’s determination takes effect from March 15th, next Sunday.

Another case, this time in the United States, came after confirmation that two players on the Utah Jazz basketball team tested positive for coronavirus. The NBA then announced that the 2019/2020 season games are suspended until further notice.

In an interview with Sputnik Brasil, Paolo Zanotto, Professor of Virology at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP), said that measures of this type are necessary.

“These are extremely sensible decisions, based on the assumption that there must be a reduction in the growth of the pandemic. When these social distancing techniques are used, contact between people is reduced, which is fundamental for the transmission of the virus. If we to be able to reduce the transmission of the virus, the number of new cases will be diluted over time and with that we do not saturate and do not lead to the collapse of the health system “, he said.

For Paolo Zanotto, all countries with records of cases of COVID-19 should suspend events with a large number of people.

“This kind of attitude I think is commendable, it had already been encouraged weeks ago and should have been implemented in all countries that are starting to have cases,” he said.

Paolo Zanotto argues that countries that have implemented measures aimed at distance between people have been more successful in combating the spread of COVID-19.

“Places that have implemented non-pharmaceutical intervention measures, based on social distance, such as Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, the growth curve is much less steep, so it is causing much less impact on the health system. That is, the number of people arriving to be served is less for units of time “, he added.

Zanotto also recommends that the Brazilian government suspend the presence of fans in football matches.

“The government has to do the following: do the football game with open television broadcasting. I think that the question of financial return has to be secondary. What matters is people’s health,” he said.


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