NFL Respects Natural Immunity/NBA Says Vaccine Immunity Wanes
The Pro Sports Leagues Get Some Things Right
Everyone has weighed in on the Aaron Rodgers debate, I hope this is a different perspective. There was a ton of media and sports talking heads weighing in. I saw the Terry Bradshaw monologue live and thought, what the hell am I watching? He was letting his team down. He’s selfish. He’s a liar. Yadda yadda.
Fast forward one week, Aaron Rodgers played, and vaccinated Ben Roethlisberger did not play because he got Covid. I didn’t see anyone yelling at Big Ben for his positive test. No one was screaming about Ben’s immaturity. Aaron Rodgers seemed to not be phased with his unvaccinated, ivermectin flowing blood after his week off.
The real take away was when I saw that the NFL will not require Aaron to take any Covid tests for 90 days. He is good until after the season. If the vaccine was so effective why was Ben tested? Here is an article referencing the 90-day rule. They still will not allow Rodgers to travel, so I guess they don’t fully embrace the natural immunity.
I also don’t get their return to play rules. If vaccinated, you need two negative tests to return 24-hours apart. If unvaccinated it is a 10-day break. With how long it takes to beat Covid, they are close to the same I suppose. I don’t know if it is a PCR or an antigen test they are requiring.
The NBA has admitted the vaccines don’t work for more than six months in their memo. They recommend players get boosted two months after J&J and six months after the mRNA vaccines. This is also shown in the number of players out with positive Covid test in a league that is 97% vaccinated. These players include Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, Isaiah Joe, Jakob Poeltl, Jock Lansdale, Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen, and Nikola Vucevic. Starting December 1st, players will have to undergo game day testing if they are vaccinated but not boosted. Sound like Kyrie should be allowed to play as he is just as protected as the other vaccinated, but not boosted players. Small note: 2% of NBA players are on the Covid list right now in a 97% vaccinated league. Pennsylvania has 0.8% of its population with active Covid in a state that is 61% vaccinated.
The memo doesn’t mention anything about the recently Covid positive players, but it should as Covid recovered individuals have more vaccine reactions than the uninfected. There is also no increased immunity from the vaccine after infection says another study.