MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Health experts across the country said the U.S. will continue to see higher COVID-19 cases as schools reopen.
Health leaders spoke specifically about Tennessee, saying the state still has high levels of cases and that’s something you can’t ignore.
FOX13 reported Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray postponed fall sports until further notice.
The news that fall sports are canceled within Shelby County Schools isn’t going over well with high school athletes.
FOX13 asked medical professionals across the country if canceling sports is the best move and whether sports should be put on hold for the remainder of the school year.
“In terms of whether it’s a smart move and what’s down the road or whether or not a year is appropriate, we just don’t know. It’s hard to say,” said Cyrus Shahpar, Team Director of Prevent Epidemics.
Colleges are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Ole Miss athletes are making national headlines after testing positive for COVID-19. Experts say the choice to allow or not allow college athletes to play depends on where you live and resources.
“The level of resources is highly variable," said Shahpar. “While you might have an LSU and Alabama with a tremendous amount of resources, other schools in the conference might not have that. They might not be able to protect their players as much.”
Doctors say you can get the flu and coronavirus at the same time. With fall right around the corner, that means your body could feel the impact.
Medical experts across the country warned state leaders about the steps they must take to keep people safe in their communities.
“States can play a vital role in providing that clarity to people about whether they’re infected with either the flu or COVID because they do have similar symptoms,” said Liz Hagan, Director of Policy; State Engagements, United States of Care. “States need to develop plans for increasing the vaccination rates for the flu. In a typical flu season, unfortunately, only 50 percent of people get vaccinated and the rates are even lower among communities of color. So increasing the rates is essential to minimizing the strain on our healthcare system.”
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