Anybody else see the myriad of problems with this idea, even if one imagined that this would prevent transmission at all? The NFL desperately wants to return to the field this season, apparently even more than Major League Baseball, where players are balking at pro-rating salaries for a half-season of play. Unlike baseball, however, players interact in close proximity, usually with most or all 22 on-field players getting into full body contact on every play. How does the league stop transmission of COVID-19 in that kind of game without a vaccine?
According to ESPN and NBC’s Today show, the league wants to use N-95 mask material to fit over helmets as a means of safe play. That doesn’t involve making players look like Q-Tips on the gridiron, but rather incorporating that material into the face masks.
One problem, though — just how will that stop players from breathing on one another?