In letter, Big Ten Commissioner explains and defends decision to postpone fall sports | Husker News

Warren’s letter laid out why the Big Ten chancellors and presidents are hesitant, at the moment, to play fall sports.

» Overall transmission rates of COVID-19, Warren said, “continue to rise at an alarming rate with little indication from medical experts that our campuses, communities or country could gain control of the spread of the virus prior to the start of competition.”

Many Big Ten medical staffs, Warren wrote, did not think the league-planned interventions could stop potential spread “even with very regular testing.” General student bodies returning to campus, Warren said, “could reintroduce infection into our athletic community.”

Recent advancements in COVID-19 testing — namely, Green said, being able to use a person’s saliva to receive fairly rapid results — may change the coronavirus landscape between now and January, Green said on the radio.

“This would be a game-changer,” Green said of potential saliva testing.

» Not enough is known, Warren wrote, about the virus, recovery from it, or long-term effects after having it. While data on how COVID-19 affects the heart is “preliminary and incomplete,” Warren said, “the uncertain risk is unacceptable at this time.”

» The Big Ten still had concerns about contact tracing, Warren wrote, echoing comments made by Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez on BTN just after the league made its postponement decision.

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