Monday 3rd August 2020

Kevan Smith: It's 'comical' that Rays players are being mocked for wearing masks in Florida

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At the same time as coronavirus (COVID-19) instances surge inside the state, it appears many Florida residents aren’t taking well being and security protocols significantly. Simply ask Kevan Smith.

The Rays catcher shared his expertise with reporters Saturday as Tampa Bay and different MLB groups proceed to organize for a shortened 2020 season. Smith, a Pittsburgh native, stated Pennsylvania and Florida are primarily two completely different worlds relating to wearing masks to assist stop the unfold of COVID-19.

Smith’s full feedback, per The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino:

“Pennsylvania appears like rather a lot completely different up there than down right here. Clearly the numbers are rather a lot worse right here. However I felt such as you could not even stroll exterior with no masks on [at home]. After which right here [in Florida], you exit with a masks and we have now guys getting referred to as names and all the above. So only a completely completely different really feel across the nation. [A Rays teammate] was in a retailer buying for meals and was referred to as a pansy. It is like little do they know.

“I went out briefly to just pick up some takeout food and I swear I got like a dozen eyeballs on me looking at me like I’m the weird [one] walking in with my mask. Little do they know what is at stake for my life and for my livelihood. It’s just very immature or whatever you want to call it. But it’s just comical, I mean it. It’s going on all over the world. We’re seeing it firsthand here, so we’ve just got to stick within our realm and just do what we’ve got to do to stay responsible and everything should be fine.”

The Florida Division of Well being reported greater than 10,000 new COVID-19 instances on Saturday, bringing the full variety of instances in the state to 254,511. Public well being consultants have emphasised the significance of wearing masks to lower the prospect of infecting others, and new analysis reveals face coverings also can decrease the wearer’s threat of an infection by 65 %.

Except for basic issues in hotspots like Florida, MLB is coping with its personal coronavirus-related points. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant not too long ago questioned the league’s COVID-19 testing strategies, noting some players had solely been examined as soon as in a span of seven days.

“I don’t want to be insensitive to people who haven’t been able to get tests, but as the country gets access to more of those, it’s appropriate to talk about our situation here,” Bryant stated Monday. “What we agreed to was testing every other day, and we’ve had guys who showed up on Sunday [June 28] and hadn’t got tested again [until] seven days later. And you don’t get the results until two days later. That’s nine days without knowing.

“If we would like this to succeed, we have now to determine this out. I needed to play this 12 months as a result of I believed it could be protected. Actually, I do not actually really feel that.”

Mix the rise of COVID-19 instances in the overall inhabitants, MLB’s flawed testing system and a fast-approaching Opening Day, and it is truthful to marvel if this season will truly be accomplished.

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