According to Dr. Fauci, football may not happen this year because of the coronavirus. The immunologist told CNN that football this fall is threatened by the possibility of a second wave of infections.
"Unless players are essentially in a bubble - insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day - it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall," said Fauci.
Dr. Fauci added that a second wave would be complicated further by the predictable flu season.
Meanwhile, the NBA is attempting resume its season on July 31. Teams are slated to arrive in Orlando on July 7.
TheStreet's Katherine Ross spoke with Dr. Fauci last week. On the topic of sports, Fauci told her the return of athletics cannot, and will not, be the same across states.
"So you can't look at the United States just in a unit-dimensional way. It's very different if you're in an area like New York City, where you have a lot of people and you'd been hit very badly. Right now, they're doing much, much better. But if you were in a situation where you had a high degree of activity, versus a county, somewhere in Wyoming, with this very little infection, you've got to look at what's going on now."
More from TheStreet's Interview with Dr. Fauci:
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- Dr. Fauci on Regeneron: You Can't Make Statement Until Trial Results
- Fauci 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Moderna, But Phase 3 Trial Will 'Determine Efficacy'
- Dr. Fauci Stresses Importance of Sports, But Health, Welfare Comes First
- Dr. Fauci Is 'Cautiously Optimistic' Vaccine 'Is On Track' in 2020