CDC Suggests High Schools Should Cancel Football and Band 

In Summary

On Jan. 6, the CDC advised high schools nationwide to “cancel or hold high-risk sports and extracurricular activities virtually” due to the COVID-19 transmissible rate. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out a way to stymie the spread of COVID-19: canceling high school extracurricular activities such as football, wrestling, band and other normalcies.  

“Making public health recommendations—they are not a platonic ideal,” said CDC adviser Dr. William Schaffner.  

Schaffner added it is “unlikely, unreasonable, and unrealistic” to believe Americans will follow the suggestions because “they have to work in the real world.”  

The CDC has been under heavy scrutiny lately, which falls on the heels of the CDC announcing a reduction in isolation time for asymptomatic people who have contracted the COVID-19 virus from 10 days to five. Those infected were encouraged to wear a mask for five days until their isolation is over. The CDC also said people who have received booster shots should wear masks for 10 days, however, no isolation is needed.  

RELATED: CDC Reduces Isolation Time to 5 Days for Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infections  

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated the agency “prioritized academics over athletics because of the increased risks involved in some extracurricular sports. When followed, our school guidance has been incredibly effective. In the fall, 99 percent of schools were able to remain open during the intense delta wave of COVID.”  

Schaffner added that the scrutiny aimed towards the CDC was due to scientists overlooking the human element.  

“You’ve got nerds—literally science nerds—who are writing these things,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, as the chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 2018. “I really feel for the people at the CDC. They’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t.”  

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