Florida State Postpones Swim Practices Until October 2 Over COVID Concerns

Florida State’s swimming practices are on hold until next month over coronavirus concerns, a source close to the program tells SwimSwam.

FSU will not be able to practice until October 2, the source says. The postponement is due to concerns over COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the Florida State athletics department gave the following statement: “Florida State has no comment at this time.”

Florida saw a major spike in coronavirus cases over the summer, but the total numbers have subsided somewhat since mid-August. A month ago, Florida was seeing about 4500 new cases a day – From August 19-21, new daily cases ranged from 4300 to 4600.

In September, the most recent days of data show about 3,297 cases on September 16 and 3,239 on September 17. But in FSU’s specific area, the trend has been different, with a spike as college classes began to resume.

Leon County, which includes FSU’s Tallahassee campus, saw relatively low case numbers in August surge at the beginning of September, peaking at 336 new cases on September 4. Since then, cases have dropped to about 157 and 152 in the most recent two days of data.

Florida State competes in the ACC, where a number of programs have had to halt training amid coronavirus outbreaks. That includes Boston College last week, and NC State and UNC before that.

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Chop
1 month ago

Go Noles baby!!!!!

Wondering
1 month ago

No bueno

Guerra
1 month ago

Overreaction. The Coronabros will have a hissy fit about this, but these schools should all be sponsoring COVID parties so their athletes can get the virus and then get herd immunity just like the LSU and Clemson football teams did so there’s no distractions later on.

Last edited 1 month ago by Guerra
Swammer Scientist
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

1. There is no evidence that getting infected prevents against future infections. It may result in milder disease, but there is no evidence for sterilizing immunity.

2. Athletes have been shown to have decreased lung capacity after infection, directly affecting performance.

Covid parties are a very bad and irresponsible idea.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Swammer Scientist
1 month ago
Swammer Scientist
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
1 month ago

Great paper! But still no evidence for sterilizing immunity. This paper does show that T-cells can form memory for SARS-CoV-2 … which is great! However, T-cells are professional immune cells. They reach the sight of infection AFTER it occurs. Sterilizing immunity is the concept that a virus can not replicate within a host. This paper does imply, however, that because there is memory in the adaptive immune system, that the length of the viral infection will be shorter and that the disease severity will be less. The issue with the misconception that “herd immunity” is the answer is the assumption that one cannot be reinfected. In the history of corona viruses (think common cold coronaviruses) reinfection is STILL a thing.… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swammer Scientist
1 month ago

Never go full-on science. It upsets people.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Swammer Scientist
1 month ago

Ah got it. So you’re going for the “hey this impossible” standard (since you yourself recognize other coronaviruses have been in circulation within the human population for decades). Good to know.

oldswimguy
Reply to  Swammer Scientist
1 month ago

Thanks for the explanation. Now can you report the IFR for the 18-25 age group for Covid?
While the idea of Covid parties are ridiculous now, the facts are that by bringing students back onto campus into dorms and apartments, we are effectively doing the same thing. And since there doesn’t appear to be more than a couple arguable reinfections at this time, I think a localized herd immunity, however limited, seems like a likely occurrence.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

The “Coronabros” is the new “Snowflake” of this election cycle. And we all know who turned out to be the real snowflakes. Give it a rest, Snowflake.

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