Timeline of Coronavirus’ Impact on Sports

As the spread of the coronavirus accelerated across the United States, a number of sports leagues altered their schedules in response to the pandemic.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 754,900 worldwide cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and 36,571 people have died as of the evening of March 31.

The sports landscape has consequently altered significantly, from playing games behind closed doors to canceling events and putting leagues on temporary suspension. Here’s an updated look at the steps taken because of the coronavirus (all times ET)…

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What Does the Coronavirus Do to an Athlete’s Body?

For many athletes, the greatest risks will come after the crisis passes.

While LeBron James has been able to self-isolate in a lavish home gym stocked with dumbbells and weight machines, many of his peers, some of whom live in perhaps less stately abodes, have scrambled to make do. Serge Ibaka, for instance, has posted on Twitter about his makeshift quarantine setup: an exercise bike, resistance bands and some small hurdles. With fitness facilities and campus weight rooms shuttered in much of the country, Ibaka’s spread is robust compared with what, say, NFL players low on the depth chart and most college and high school athletes will have access to in the coming weeks, perhaps months.

After all, not everybody can afford to drop $2,245 on a Peloton bike, à la Rory McIlroy and Usain Bolt, who are dedicated enthusiasts. Consider the New Jersey middle school softball player who posted a video doing kettlebell swings with a gallon of fruit juice in her kitchen, or the Dakota State defensive end who filled an equipment bag with 190 pounds of stuff and used it for unwieldy deadlifts, or the legions of others doing pushups in their driveways…

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Anthony Fauci: How sports can return amid coronavirus crisis

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who’s a part of the White House’s coronavirus task force, thinks sports can return sooner than later.

In a recent Snapchat interview, Fauci said sports could return if played in empty stadiums and with teams strictly quarantined in hotels in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Under such harsh restrictions, athletes wouldn’t be able to be exposed or spread the virus and could resume a season as usual…

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