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Experts believe the explosion of coronavirus cases in Italy and Spain can be traced to a champions league between Atalanta and Valencia. When fans returned home, both regions became the epicenters of the virus in their respective nations.

Experts believe the explosion of coronavirus cases in Italy and Spain can be traced to a champions league between Atalanta and Valencia. When fans returned home, both regions became the epicenters of the virus in their respective nations.

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  1. No wonder why many players of Valencia got infected too when the cases weren’t too high in Spain.
    What about the liverpool game vs Atletico? That was the last UCL game with fans before suspension.

  2. The same will be said about Mardi Gras and Spring Break in the US in a couple of weeks.

  3. And this wasn’t even the craziest thing about this match.

  4. The title is a bit misleading. Valencia is currently ranked #6 (out of the 19 communidades) with 4.7k cases (out of 80k total). Madrid has 5x and Cataluña 4x the number of cases compared to Valencia. Those 2 regions are the covid hotspots in Spain.
    Tracing this back to a single football match and then calling the region epicenter is maybe a little bit farfetched.

  5. Sport fans and religious people are gonna be the biggest reasons why the virus will spread and kill thousands of not hundreds of thousands

  6. I’m a bit confused, wouldn’t a lot of people at the match have to have already been contagious to infect that many more? If only a few people are infected, are they really going to have direct contact in the short time window with that many other people, and won’t that limit the multiplier effect, unless the main vector is someone like a ticket taker or security guard who is coughing on every person who walks into the stadium?

  7. Florida: *chuckles, I’m in danger!*

  8. It was not the game, it was airports and train stations that spread the virus around.

  9. The marches on women’s day on March 8th in Spain can’t have helped either. And on that day it was clear already that huge gatherings will worsen the pandemic and cost lives. Why they didn’t postpone those is beyond me.

    I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that the first cabinet member to test positive was the minister of equality who presumably was very involved.

  10. Music saved me from sports

  11. I can admit that I didn’t take this all that serious at first but I’m thankful the NBA took the unprecedented step to shut down and the rest of the leagues followed.

  12. The Liverpool v Atletico Madrid match may also have been responsible for bringing the virus to the U.K.

  13. On the 8th of March spannish feminists held nation wide marches that drew tens of thousands. The football in februari only saw 2500 attendees.

    At the moment of the marches Spain had well over 400 cases, 17 people had died and every news outlet in the country was reporting on the dire situation and advising people to lessen contact.

    Nevertheless the feminist movement didn’t call off the march.

    So what was the result of their decision?

    Well, the average incubation time for the virus is 5 days. If you take a look at the [newly infected graph](https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/) of spain you can see the spike that this event caused on the 13th of March (exactly the average incubation time away from this march)

    On the 12th there were 869 new cases. It spiked 150% on the 13th to 2086 cases. The number dropped down by 50% to 1159 cases on the 14th.

    But this spike was so high that it doubled the total cases in the country. These 1200 extra infected went on to infect 2 to 3 other people. This caused ripple spikes at 5 day intervals eminating from the feminist march held on the 8th. You can see these spikes at the 13th, 18th and the 23rd.

  14. This is taking football hooliganism to a whole other level.

  15. Probably the most plausible theory for why. Can the spread for NYC be traced to something similar like say a Knicks game?

  16. both regions are also densely populated

  17. you can trace it to U. NC, Chapple Hill and fucking Fort Detrik *if* you really want to [know](https://youtu.be/3DAI3c9wE0Q)

  18. Good thing Los Angeles didn’t cancel the LA Marathon in early March when infection numbers were just starting to mushroom!

  19. The same is going to happen with these mega church meetings in America

  20. So all this is just an elaborate U.S. plot to establish hand-egg as the dominant form of football in Europe.

  21. So football fans have very low IQ?.. Or what’s the deal here?

  22. And New Orleans became a epicenter because of Mardi Gras

  23. Be informed, follow protocol — we don’t have to live in fear.

    [Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist caring for COVID-19 patients all day in NYC at Weill Cornell Hospital. ](https://youtu.be/YitWZj9QhdQ)

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  25. YAY Sports ! make sure you don’t skip your teams big game because however will we get by in life without watching adults play kids games.

  26. Makes this almost seem like it was a weaponized virus.

  27. It was truly shocking how Europe as a whole were so lackadaisical about preventing Corona. They should have blocked everything in January until no cases were found in Europe and totally stopped all traveling route from China. But they never did that, now you pay the price.

  28. Ok….how does this help?

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