Donald Trump has been a strong supporter of having football played as normal despite the coronavirus pandemic, and now he is reportedly reaching out to commissioners to urge them to have their teams take the field this fall.
Trump took to social media on Tuesday to reveal he spoke with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren about the prospects of having a season.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 previously announced they would be postponing fall sports because of the pandemic.
“Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football. Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Later in the day, it was revealed that the Big Ten is looking into plans to begin the season in mid-October as long as safety procedures and proper protocol can be followed.
The ACC, SEC and Big 12 are currently scheduled to play this fall with modified conference-only schedules.
Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football. Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.72 million confirmed cases and 177,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.