NFL Scores with COVID-19 Measures

A closer look at key elements of program to minimize spread of coronavirus

February 8, 2021

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare facilities have been at the forefront of updating and revamping facility processes, operations and systems to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Given the constant flow of patients with the illness moving into, through and out of these facilities, the challenge has been constant and immense.

One organization that has safely — and against long odds — safely guided its teams, facilities and employees through the pandemic is the National Football League, which yesterday completed a successful season by staging its showcase event, the Super Bowl.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association (FLPA) initially struggled to return to operations during the pandemic. When they did start to re-institute games and practices, this had to include strict protocols, according to Infection Control Today.

What worked well for the NFL’s facilities and employees? In addition to the strict use of proximity tracking devices and detailed contact tracing, the league and its teams incorporated tracking of the nature and location of the interaction, including mask use, indoor versus outdoor setting, and ventilation, as well as proximity and duration. The NFL also took additional measures, such as strict masking, closure of eating areas, and surveillance testing.

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