The problems with college football’s “the players will still be at risk if we don’t play” argument

A popular argument has emerged in recent days for playing college football. It goes like this: If college football isn’t played, college football players will still be at risk of catching the virus; in fact, they could be at greater risk.

Alabama coach Nick Saban joined that chorus today: “Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home. We have around a two-percent positive ratio on our team since the Fourth of the July. It’s a lot higher than that in society. We act like these guys can’t get this unless they play football. They can get it anywhere, whether they’re in a bar or just hanging out.”

The argument has some superficial appeal, because it takes into account the recklessness, selfishness, and/or stupidity of the average 18-, 19-, and/or 20-year-old. And to borrow a sentiment from the late George Carlin, think of how

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Black, Hispanic Children At Higher Risk For Hospitalization Due To COVID-19, CDC Says

The CDC study comes as schools decide on fall reopening plans

As research continues to come out about the impacts of the coronavirus on various groups, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found Hispanic and Black children are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than white children.

The report, released yesterday, said Hispanic children are approximately eight-times more likely than white children to be hospitalized with COVID-related symptoms. Black children are five-times more likely. Researchers used data from 14 states, including California, Georgia, New York, and Ohio, from March 1 through July 25 to get a picture of how the disease presents itself in children under 18.

“Among 526 children for whom race and ethnicity information were reported, 241 (45.8 percent) were Hispanic, 156 (29.7 percent) were black, 74 (14.1 percent) were white; 24 (4.6 percent) were non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander; and

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Experts Say Knowing Your Blood Type May Help Reduce Your Risk for Many Diseases

Photo credit: MirageC - Getty Images
Photo credit: MirageC – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Blood can play a huge role in your health, and yet many don’t know their blood type — or haven’t even discussed the topic with a doctor. A 2019 survey by Quest Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory company, found that 43% of Americans don’t know their blood types. “Most people actually don’t know their blood type unless they’ve had some type of procedure done or a recent visit that required a blood type [test],” explains Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, a North Carolina-based osteopathic family physician, who also serves as an assistant professor at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

But a recent revelation in research during the novel coronavirus pandemic has people suddenly very interested in understanding which kind of blood pumps through their veins. According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June, data suggests that people

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The huge hit that was a big risk for Fox

Whilst it was Superman: The Movie in the 1970s and Tim Burton’s Batman at the end of the 1980s that sowed the seeds for the modern comic book movie boom, arguably the film that really did transform things was 2000’s X-Men.

This was in an era when Marvel didn’t control the rights to its own properties, when Batman films had stagnated (1997’s Batman & Robin took care of that), and movie studios had all but given up the ghost on launching superheroes onto the screen, following disappointing box office returns for the likes of The Shadow, The Phantom and Barb Wire in the years before.

The idea of an X-Men movie actually first started bubbling around in 1984, but finding a company able to pay for it was a key challenge. Orion Pictures picked up an option, but hit financial woes. Then Terminator 2-backer Carolco was interested,

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25 Common Activities, Ranked by Coronavirus Risk

States are reopening in the face of COVID-19 and school planning has begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to go out or to attend. So you’re staying home in quarantine as much as possible. Yet the pandemic isn’t going to end anytime soon. At some point, you’re going to need to take some risks. Which are the safest?

Your personal risk of catching the coronavirus depends first and foremost on community transmission rates. If you live in Florida, your risk of picking up COVID-19 is much higher than if you live in Wyoming. However, you can’t only consider your family’s risk of catching the virus, but also how sick they’ll become if they do. Older people, particularly those over 65, and anyone with underlying conditions is at particularly high risk. And if you work in a job with potential exposure, going out means you could spread the virus around

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Aging Teachers Ask Themselves, Do I Quit Or Risk My Life?

(Photo: Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/HuffPost; Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/HuffPost; Photo: Getty)

David Galloway became a teacher 13 years ago, after three decades working in other fields. He calls teaching a calling, but now he’s considering cutting his time in the classroom short.

Galloway, who is 64, has type II diabetes and is married to a breast cancer survivor, teaches sixth grade science in Jackson County, Florida. Last week, the state’s education commissioner said that all schools would soon have to open five days a week, despite the state’s record-setting number of COVID-19 cases. Galloway misses his students, but returning to the classroom suddenly feels like a gamble. 

“They never went over this stuff in teacher college,” said Galloway.

He is one of a number of aging or immunocompromised teachers around the country who might quit their jobs or retire early if they’re asked to return full-time to the classroom this fall. Nearly 20% of private

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Wear a mask in shops or risk fine

The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER - BLOWER
The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER – BLOWER

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Shoppers who do not wear a mask risk £100 fine

Mask up – or risk a £100 fine. That is the message to shoppers as the Government announces that face coverings will become mandatory in stores. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will confirm that guidance is being updated to make the wearing of face coverings compulsory in England from July 24, with fines for anyone who fails to adhere to the new rules. The announcement comes after days of confusion in which Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove made apparently contradictory statements about whether face coverings should be mandatory in shops. Confused

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High Risk for Coronavirus | Protect Yourself

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unfolding around the globe, people who are at higher risk for severe disease need to take special care.

COVID-19 appears to cause mild to moderate symptoms in most people who are infected. And some people seem to have no apparent effects from the virus.

But the older you are, the greater your risk for hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, being placed on a ventilator, and death, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

For instance, people in their 50s are at higher risk than those in their 40s, and those in their 60s and 70s are at greater risk than those in their 50s, the CDC says. People 85 and older are at the greatest risk. (In the U.S., about 8 in 10 deaths from COVID-19 are

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