Training camp is pretty much here with players starting to report for their required Covid-19 tests. Normally, training camp is my favorite time of the year. Although it does signify the end of summer (my real job is as a teacher), it is so fun to go down to Foxboro and see the players in action while being close to others who root for the Patriots. This year is obviously going to be a lot different.
In addition to not being able to have fans in the stands, teams are also very limited to the amount of press they can allow in. As it became more obvious that fans wouldn't be attending camps this season, I was hoping that some of us bloggers would have more opportunities for team access, unfortunately I was way off with that.
As the players start showing up for their tests and practices, I obviously hope they and their families all stay healthy. I also hope that while they are taking precautions to stay safe, they are also taking precautions to avoid those pesky "false positives". While I'm pretty certain that the Patriots won't be getting false positives due to the samples being mishandled and kept at temperatures well above what they are supposed to be at, I am concerned with the fact that even when the test is administered properly it still gives false positives for a variety of reasons. Since the players can not opt out of the testing, I hope they at least start properly doing nasal irrigation techniques to rid themselves of dead cells which could lead to false positives.
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