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The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches

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Replying To Dec82:  "It's on BT sports. The last 1 had no one in the stands either, after a few fights you just forget about it. Should be a good card though."
Yeah should be a good card. I imagine they'll be tested to the gills because you don't get much more physical than that. At least Hurling and Football are outdoors.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 08/05/2020 20:08:18    2277791

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Their hurlers would beat Meaths Hurlers for example."
50/50 game

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 16576 - 08/05/2020 20:55:55    2277793

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Replying To Kerry15:  "Let's say a player is carrying coronavirus but is not yet showing symptoms (as they'd have to be if they were going playing a match). How many other players would that player spread it to? I'm not claiming to be a medical expert and would like to hear what other people think but I think it would only be the player they're marking. If the player switched markers or his direct opponent came off and was replaced it could then be two players. Remember it takes much longer to spread the virus outside. If that was the case matches would not spread the viris too much."
Players have to be tested and negative before they can play. One could have mild cold symptoms like a sore throat and test negative, another could have no visible signs like loss of sense of taste and smell and test positive be asymptomatic and spread the virus. The virus is only a few months old, not enough data available to say with certainty how it could be spread between players or anyone. People under 40 with no underlying conditions can die from COVID though they're less likely than those over 40. I wouldn't take the risk. Plus sportspeople should get tested until everyone else has been tested and testing available for front line workers.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5637 - 08/05/2020 21:49:46    2277796

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Yeah should be a good card. I imagine they'll be tested to the gills because you don't get much more physical than that. At least Hurling and Football are outdoors."
1 fighter tested positive, card still going ahead

achara (Monaghan) - Posts: 436 - 09/05/2020 11:30:27    2277805

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Replying To achara:  "1 fighter tested positive, card still going ahead"
Yeah I just heard. I'll bet all the other sports leagues are watching closely. At least Football and Hurling are outdoors.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 09/05/2020 11:58:24    2277806

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "Players have to be tested and negative before they can play. One could have mild cold symptoms like a sore throat and test negative, another could have no visible signs like loss of sense of taste and smell and test positive be asymptomatic and spread the virus. The virus is only a few months old, not enough data available to say with certainty how it could be spread between players or anyone. People under 40 with no underlying conditions can die from COVID though they're less likely than those over 40. I wouldn't take the risk. Plus sportspeople should get tested until everyone else has been tested and testing available for front line workers."
Schools and colleges planning on returning in September for the new school year how can they maintain social distance there when I was in school there wasn't enough room for all of us not to mind trying to keep 2 metres between us! I don't understand how playing a Gaa match is more of a risk than that if Gaa Is off then surely school and college are out until there's a vaccine too! If a Gaa player tested positive at during a game you would have a good idea who he/she was in contact with but if the same person tested positive and was out in Galway or any big city when the bars restaurants shopping centres reopen how would they know who they were in contact with. If there's no vaccine this year or next year do we abandon Gaa and all sports until there is one? Im not saying there should be Gaa now but if numbers are low in sept/Oct surely there's an option of at least Club games with social distancing in the crowds and if you are in an at risk group or in close contact with someone who is you make your own decision if you play or attend a game

theyoungbuck89 (Galway) - Posts: 54 - 09/05/2020 12:04:16    2277807

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Replying To royaldunne:  "50/50 game"
Exactly , Meath might be sh1te at football but they've some dacent hurlers.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1369 - 09/05/2020 12:36:28    2277808

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Replying To catch22:  "Exactly , Meath might be sh1te at football but they've some dacent hurlers."
I'd say Meath would be seen as a Football county though.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 09/05/2020 14:06:27    2277813

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Replying To Trump2020:  "I'd say Meath would be seen as a Football county though."
Possibly and there's some good farmland there too I believe.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1369 - 09/05/2020 14:39:00    2277814

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Replying To Kerry15:  "Let's say a player is carrying coronavirus but is not yet showing symptoms (as they'd have to be if they were going playing a match). How many other players would that player spread it to? I'm not claiming to be a medical expert and would like to hear what other people think but I think it would only be the player they're marking. If the player switched markers or his direct opponent came off and was replaced it could then be two players. Remember it takes much longer to spread the virus outside. If that was the case matches would not spread the viris too much."
And what about when those players that he has now infected go back into the dressing room with the rest of their teammates? Or when they go home to their parents? We need to be very careful. If even one such scenario develops when games resume, it will create uproar, games will be stopped again and god knows when they would then be allowed to come back again.

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 195 - 09/05/2020 15:07:48    2277815

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Replying To Douglas_44:  "And what about when those players that he has now infected go back into the dressing room with the rest of their teammates? Or when they go home to their parents? We need to be very careful. If even one such scenario develops when games resume, it will create uproar, games will be stopped again and god knows when they would then be allowed to come back again."
If someone catches it in a pub restaurant on public transport in school or college will they stop all those and close them all up again? If there's no vaccine do we stop playing all Gaa for this year and next year?

theyoungbuck89 (Galway) - Posts: 54 - 09/05/2020 15:38:29    2277816

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Replying To theyoungbuck89:  "Schools and colleges planning on returning in September for the new school year how can they maintain social distance there when I was in school there wasn't enough room for all of us not to mind trying to keep 2 metres between us! I don't understand how playing a Gaa match is more of a risk than that if Gaa Is off then surely school and college are out until there's a vaccine too! If a Gaa player tested positive at during a game you would have a good idea who he/she was in contact with but if the same person tested positive and was out in Galway or any big city when the bars restaurants shopping centres reopen how would they know who they were in contact with. If there's no vaccine this year or next year do we abandon Gaa and all sports until there is one? Im not saying there should be Gaa now but if numbers are low in sept/Oct surely there's an option of at least Club games with social distancing in the crowds and if you are in an at risk group or in close contact with someone who is you make your own decision if you play or attend a game"
There is a calculated risk in reopening the economy that could likely cost lives but one that has to be taken as the long term effects on the economy and mental health may cause deaths going forward.

While I miss sport terribly (Liverpool should be lifting the premier league trophy today and Mayo should be playing Leitrim) is it worth more than life ?

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10153 - 09/05/2020 16:00:29    2277817

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Replying To catch22:  "Possibly and there's some good farmland there too I believe."
Ahhhh go on now!!!!!

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 09/05/2020 16:59:13    2277820

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Replying To yew_tree:  "There is a calculated risk in reopening the economy that could likely cost lives but one that has to be taken as the long term effects on the economy and mental health may cause deaths going forward.

While I miss sport terribly (Liverpool should be lifting the premier league trophy today and Mayo should be playing Leitrim) is it worth more than life ?"
My hope is that this virus will be beaten and controlled however if there is an second or third wave I don't believe it will be from any lads playing GAA. It could be small clusters but that would be it and honestly thats what would be expected the same way as it will be expected with people returning to work and school etc but hopefully the system will be able to deal with it. What the system cannot do of course is deal with idiots who just don't care and go out and think they have every right to do whatever they please. Look at what happened in Seoul, the minute they relaxed the rules lads are out partying as if nothing has changed. I cannot see it being GAA people who won't accept that things have changed and have to stay that way but who knows there are some loons in the GAA as well. The other issue of course is people traveling into the country and ensuring they isolate for 14 days based on what we have seen so far everyone was really good about that!

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 726 - 09/05/2020 17:22:41    2277822

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Replying To yew_tree:  "There is a calculated risk in reopening the economy that could likely cost lives but one that has to be taken as the long term effects on the economy and mental health may cause deaths going forward.

While I miss sport terribly (Liverpool should be lifting the premier league trophy today and Mayo should be playing Leitrim) is it worth more than life ?"
Yew iv been working all through the lock down and I don't mind working as it's part of farming life and this is our busy time, and lucky for me the weather is great and I can walk down to the beach in 5 mins but it's 1 thing working when you have something to look forward to like a match or a few drinks down the pub with the lads but it's starting to get to me now , I can only imagine how it is for people in flats in the cities and big towns.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 10900 - 09/05/2020 17:58:44    2277823

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Replying To yew_tree:  "There is a calculated risk in reopening the economy that could likely cost lives but one that has to be taken as the long term effects on the economy and mental health may cause deaths going forward.

While I miss sport terribly (Liverpool should be lifting the premier league trophy today and Mayo should be playing Leitrim) is it worth more than life ?"
No I'm not saying that it is but do we give up on all amateur sport and for how long it's still go to be a risk next year if there's no vaccine so do we scrap it then aswell! There's Gaa teams in China back training but we can't do anything here for 18 months??

theyoungbuck89 (Galway) - Posts: 54 - 09/05/2020 17:59:59    2277824

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Replying To theyoungbuck89:  "If someone catches it in a pub restaurant on public transport in school or college will they stop all those and close them all up again? If there's no vaccine do we stop playing all Gaa for this year and next year?"
Good question but the expert virologist, health people, not sure what they're called. have to decide all that and they can't predict what happens tomorrow never mind in September or October. Hurlers and footballers won't be observing social distancing in games, hopefully they'll be a bit of flaking otherwise we'll end up with a minimum contact game that no-one will want to play or watch. If both squads in a game test negative there should be no risk. But I don't think players should get tested before at risk people or front line workers who could need retesting.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5637 - 09/05/2020 18:14:14    2277825

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China has had had plenty of viruses in the past, and are more use to dealing with pandemics. Things like wearing masks, they have went through all the procedure before.
This is a new phenomenon to Europe and definitely Ireland. More akin to the WW

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2031 - 09/05/2020 18:45:59    2277826

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Yew iv been working all through the lock down and I don't mind working as it's part of farming life and this is our busy time, and lucky for me the weather is great and I can walk down to the beach in 5 mins but it's 1 thing working when you have something to look forward to like a match or a few drinks down the pub with the lads but it's starting to get to me now , I can only imagine how it is for people in flats in the cities and big towns."
I've been working as normal too...I work on critical infrastructure so the show must go on. I've seen the roads and streets a lot busier in the last 10 days....

Agree the lockdown gets harder every day but this is the situation we find ourselves in. Keep it up lad

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10153 - 09/05/2020 20:26:31    2277830

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Replying To yew_tree:  "There is a calculated risk in reopening the economy that could likely cost lives but one that has to be taken as the long term effects on the economy and mental health may cause deaths going forward.

While I miss sport terribly (Liverpool should be lifting the premier league trophy today and Mayo should be playing Leitrim) is it worth more than life ?"
Was really looking forward to the Mayo game. A team we don't play that often ( only 3 times since we beat them in the 94 Connacht final) and they would bring a big crowd to Carrick and it would be great for local economy and be a good learning experience for our mainly young team. Doubt very much it will happen this year unfortunately hope ye all keeping well in Mayo yew

green.and.gold (Leitrim) - Posts: 399 - 09/05/2020 20:52:02    2277831

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