The Coronavirus took the country by storm this past week, largely due to the exposure received after the postponement of the NBA season.
After the entire Brooklyn Nets team was tested for the virus (4 players were positive), there was significant pushback on social media. Tests are scarce and incredibly expensive; many clearly saw the Nets organization as being in the wrong.
I have friends and family who are at high risk due to this virus. I want them to be able to get tested. I want everyone in the general populace to be safe, and right now it’s difficult to feel secure.
But, I plead; do not blame the Nets, and do not blame the NBA.
The Nets worked their way around the system and bought the ability to test their players. I get the uproar, I really do, but there are a few factors that are necessary to put the situation into proper focus.
NBA teams/players travel cross-country daily. In essence, players and team staff are some of the most deadly carriers of the virus; if they have it, the potential of it being spread to another person(s) is astronomically higher due to the sheer volume of people they may come into contact with.
That is not to say that an NBA player is more important than you reading this, but the likelihood of a player passing on the virus or attaining it is undeniably higher.
Due to the Nets paying a private testing company, they did not dig into the limited supply of tests available to the public. Is it shady? Ehhh, I think it’s unfair to call it that, but it is certainly grey area; if the Nets don’t test their players, that’s arguably as egregious.
Here’s my dilemma. Why was the NBA more prepared for and on top on this virus than the federal government?
The current administration decreased funding to the CDC’s global efforts in past years, according to Lena Sun of The Washington Post.
“Countries where the CDC is planning to scale back include some of the world’s hot spots for emerging infectious disease, such as China”Sun, Lena. “CDC to Cut by 80 Percent Efforts to Prevent Global Disease Outbreak.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 1 Feb. 2018, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/02/01/cdc-to-cut-by-80-percent-efforts-to-prevent-global-disease-outbreak/.
Upon reading this article from 2018 while researching the Coronavirus and how it’s been handled, I found that passage harrowing.
That on it’s own isn’t an indictment of the current administration, but the way it has been handled over the past few weeks is damning.
Regardless of political affiliation, this is a historically inept response to what has become a national emergency.
To call something a “hoax,” and try to flip the narrative mere weeks later just doesn’t work! It’s eerily similar to The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Hindsight is 20/20, it’s easy for me to sit here and be pissed, but it is their JOB to keep the interests and safety of the people at heart. This isn’t about politics, this is about livelihood.
The Federal Government set the tone for how the country would approach the pandemic, so it’s no wonder why many Americans haven’t taken the virus seriously even after a declaration of national emergency.
This administration quite clearly did not entertain the potential of the Coronavirus. If they had, perhaps there would be more readily available testing and certainly much more drastic precautions would have taken place earlier.
Blaming the NBA and putting all of your anger on them is like blaming David Fizdale for the Knicks’ failures; did he help? Hell no, but the front office decided to sign 5 guys who play the same position.
It’s ludicrous to shit on lower management for the mistakes and actions of organizational executives.
So by all means, be upset about NBA teams getting access to testing while the average American can’t, but recognize that this is a much higher up issue than a private sports corporation can be held accountable for.
Stay safe, be smart, and try to keep your mind occupied with some of the less serious issues than what’s going on in the world right now.