California Official's Projected Timeline for Return of Public Sporting Events is Incredibly Depressing

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We're approaching a full month without sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, and an overly cautions sports world doesn't seem ready to restart until we're given unequivocal confirmation that playing games will not pose a health risk to the public.

While several sports leagues, like the MLB, have formulated a plan to start their seasons up some time in May, Santa Clara County executive officer Dr. Jeffrey Smith claims that we won't see sports games until at least Thanksgiving, adding that "we'll be lucky to have them" by then.

This would obviously force the NFL to delay the start of their season.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been leading the charge against this virus, estimates that we will not see a vaccine for 12-18 months, which is why Smith has such a dangerous prediction for the future of sports.

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This is just one official, however, and not any sort of widely agreed-upon consensus. That doesn't change the fact that staying at home is the best way to combat the spread of this virus.

If you want to get sports back as soon as possible, stay at home, practice good social distancing habits, and do everything you can to help ease the burden of this virus. If these warnings aren't heeded, Smith's doomsday prediction might come true.