I'm not sure that would be a problem. It's more mass groups of people in close proximity for a reasonable amount of time. So, Alpe d'huez would be an issue.....and start and finish of SB or MSR. But during the race?? People clapping outside their houses??And the likely thousands that would ignore advice and still come out to support the race on route.
Add into this discarded bottles, clothing etc. being collected by the crowd, kept or passed back and so on. Compared to many other sporting events the risks are much higher.Cycling is actually in a rather unique position vis a vis coronavirus; it's sort of a traveling circus where illness can spread very fast among the teams. And unlike other sports, we actually have cases of coronavirus within the sport. What team is going to risk a UAE tour type of situation, having highly paid riders stuck in a hotel rather than training?
The cycling season is over IMO. Hospitals and other infrastructure won't be able to cope as it is, travel and staying in hotels will stop completely within the next couple of weeks. There are clearly many many people all over Europe who are carrying the virus over and above the tiny numbers that have been found.Canceling PN now too? Seriously?
Actually, lung capacity is far from the primary limiting factor for endurance athletes.I suppose one of the main concerns of the teams who are pulling out is the possibility of infected riders having decreased lung function in short/medium/long term. Obviously any decrease, even 1%, would be a big problem for a pro cyclist and with this being a new virus nobody can be certain what the long term effects might be. Initially I was surprised when it was reported that the infected UAE Tour riders were in hospital (I'm assuming they are not seriously ill) but I suppose it makes sense to treat athletes differently to the general public.
Quote from E3To me, the effects of teams' withdrawals seem bigger than the cancelations of races.
Quite.These measures are not about stopping the virus, it's about slowing down its spread so that the healthcare system isn't overwhelmed with patients getting infected too fast.
They're out of T-A and MSR, not P-N.AG2R now also out of PN and TA. Don't really understand why they all don't want to start in PN. Also ruining it for the other teams which still want to start there. I mean some mor teams not starting and they will cancel the whole thing.
A bit pedantic, but it's not about the creation of antivirals, but more about determining which ones work, in which dose and how well they're tolerated. There's plenty of drugs that could help but given it's a virus that isn't common in humans they're behind on testing as per frigging usual.Quite.
It’s simply trying to delay it until a vaccine/antiviral drugs have been created. This would take some of the pressure off the medical infrastructure.
The semantics don’t really matter Rick, until something is shown to work that can then be produced in sufficient (huge) quantities, there is the likelihood of hospitals being overwhelmed.A bit pedantic, but it's not about the creation of antivirals, but more about determining which ones work, in which dose and how well they're tolerated. There's plenty of drugs that could help but given it's a virus that isn't common in humans they're behind on testing as per frigging usual.
The data divided between the autonomous communities is still updated as of yesterday evening because it's still the one there was early this morning before they announced the new cases.Where in Spain?
Il semble "peu probable malheureusement" que la France échappe au stade 3, le stade épidémique, a indiqué mercredi 4 mars 2020 la porte-parole du gouvernement Sibeth Ndiaye, à l'issue d'un Conseil de défense à l'Elysée. "Nous nous préparons activement au fait d'avoir une épidémie". Au stade 3, celui où l'on constate que le virus circule et qu'il est transmissible sur l'ensemble du territoire, "les activités collectives sont fortement impactées", précise le gouvernement.