January 20, 2021

MLB’s coronavirus restart plan gets mixed reviews from doctors (New York Post)


The stakes are high. The prognoses vary.

Rob Manfred and his owners desperately want to get their product back on the field in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown, and the Major League Baseball commissioner took his cause public on Thursday night, sharing with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta the health and safety protocols that were presented to the Players Association in a virtual meeting this week. Players would undergo multiple tests per week, and if a player tests positive, he will be quarantined but his exposed teammates won’t unless they too test positive; the sport will go on.

Those protocols received mixed reviews — one thumbs up, one less so — in a pair of interviews with medical experts on Friday.

“It certainly looks like a step in the right direction to keep your players safe, in order to get them on the field,” Dr. Joseph Kim, an infectious disease consultant at ID Care in New Jersey, said Friday in a telephone interview.

“It’s going to be very delicate,” said Dr. Joseph Casino, a pulmonologist at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.

MLB’s journey, should the players and owners agree on financial terms for a restart and government…

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