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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 4:02 am    Post subject:

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cancel next season too. the post-kobe nba is home alone 3
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 5:38 am    Post subject:

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https://www.foxnews.com/science/man-made-antibody-neutralizes-coronavirus-first-time

Though there is currently no known scientific cure for the disease known as COVID-19, researchers have created an antibody "that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2" in cells, offering the potential for prevention and treatment.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, notes the antibody, known as 47D11, was created in a lab environment and was able to inhibit the spike protein found in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as SARS-CoV.

"Our data show that 47D11 neutralizes SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 through a yet unknown mechanism that is different from receptor-binding interference," the researchers wrote in the study. "Alternative mechanisms of coronavirus neutralization by RBD-targeting antibodies have been reported including spike inactivation through antibody-induced destabilization of its prefusion structure17, which may also apply for 47D11."


I like this one Cal1..neutralization of the spike protein can stop the virus from even entering the cell.

And if it works, you can essentially give the antibody for everyone..its like a vaccine (except perhaps a little less effective because it doesn't create immunity?)..that's a game changer!!

I found this also

http://www.sci-news.com/medicine/sars-cov-2-neutralizing-antibody-08396.html

“The 47D11 antibody is ‘fully human,’ allowing development to proceed more rapidly and reducing the potential for immune-related side effects.

So that means hopefully we don't have to wait for clinic trial that would take a long long time. FUC* YEA!!! If it works

Is this a treatment that can be given to people who only have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all?

That's really what we need, since a vaccine will take a long time. Once we have a treatment like that which is widely available, maybe we can almost get back to normal, except for maybe high risk people.


as lar stated, this one can move quickly, but again what is production ramp up.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 5:39 am    Post subject:

sf mission district antibody test - shows lowest infection rate of 2.1% in a city we have seen.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/90-of-people-who-tested-positive-for-COVID-19-in-15247476.php
In a major testing effort led by UC San Francisco in the Mission District, 2.1% of the 4,160 people tested for COVID-19 were positive. Of those who tested positive, 90% "reported being unable to work from home."
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 7:26 am    Post subject:

a surprise in ny antibody testing results. medical worker infection rates are lower than general population infection rates:

8 percent of health care workers in Westchester County tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 13.8 percent of the general population in Westchester County
2 percent of health care workers in New York City tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 19.9 percent of the general population in New York City
1 percent of health care workers on Long Island tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 11.4 percent of the general population on Long Island

https://whcuradio.com/news/025520-downstate-antibody-testing-shows-healthcare-workers-with-average-infection-rate/
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 8:48 am    Post subject:

there is more and more evidence for anti-inflammatory drugs. here is yet another one anakinra

https://www.ibtimes.com/coronavirus-treatment-arthritis-drug-appears-promising-90-survival-rate-reduced-2972733

Rheumatoid Arthritis drug anakinra has been reported to be promising in treating acute respiratory distress syndrome and hyper-inflammation in COVID-19 patients reported a new study. It is the first-ever study to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of an arthritis drug in treating COVID-19.

The study included 29 patients who received standard care of non-invasive ventilation, hydroxychloroquine, and lopinavir/ritonavir alongside the daily high-dose intravenous infusion of the arthritis drug anakinra at 10 mg/kg body weight.

Although this is just an observational study, the findings revealed that the arthritis drug improved lung function in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

"Our study is the first to suggest that a high dose of the arthritis drug anakinra may be able to block the overreaction of the immune system caused by COVID-19. The results are interesting and the drug deserves controlled testing in large randomized trials," EurekAlert quoted Dr. Giulio Cavalli, from the Unit of Immunology, Rheumatology, Allergy, and Rare Diseases at San Raffaele Hospital and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Italy.

The drug anakinra sold by Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB as Kineret was linked to a 90% survival rate and reduced respiratory symptoms.

Inflammation is considered one of the most harmful effects of COVID-19 and is a protective response to infections and injuries that can turn on the body via a phenomenon called a cytokine storm. Drug manufacturers are currently testing products including Actemra and Kevzara that treat inflammation than the coronavirus infection.

“In the story of host-meets-virus, we tend to focus on the virus. These and other emerging data rightly focus more attention on the host inflammatory response and might herald a shift in how we approach the host-virus relationship,” Bloomberg Law quoted Kate Kernan and Scott Canna of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

ARDS is said to be the main cause of death from COVID-19 and the estimated mortality rates range from 28% to 78%. A COVID-19 patient’s breathing is supported until the inflammation recedes. But the number of patients who require ventilation could exceed the number of mechanical ventilators available. Therefore, treatments to improve the prognosis of critically ill COVID-19 patients treated outside ICUs are the need of the hour.

Anakinra is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to treat rheumatoid arthritis, still’s a disease as well as recurrent fever. The drug works by blocking the proinflammatory cytokine IL-1. The researchers also pointed out that compared to other cytokine-blocking agents, this arthritis drug was safer and was very much suitable for critically ill patients.

“In view of the biological plausibility of anakinra, the pharmacokinetic and safety profile of the drug, and a growing body of positive experience in autoinflammation and cytokine storm, these data are promising and support prioritizing this approach in the planning and enrolment of randomized controlled trials," EurekAlert quoted Dr. Scott Canna from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 11:38 am    Post subject:

jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 2:38 pm    Post subject:

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jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.



Here's why it's harder than you think:

Who says weekly testing is enough? Can they get enough tests without causing as big PR storm? If all the teams are in Las Vegas, would players be allowed to have their families with them? How is the playoff money going to be divided up? What happens if you restart the league and a player gets covid19 and dies?

There are a million issues like that. As a fan you don't have to think about them. The players and league do.

Remember, these are human beings, not a video game.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject:

maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.


The league has said that players won’t be tested until testing is available nationwide. Unless they have symptoms.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 3:19 pm    Post subject:

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29151422/some-nba-teams-allowed-test-asymptomatic-players-staff-coronavirus

^this is the crucial first step for the NBA to resume its season and have the playoffs this summer. Encouraging sign.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 3:29 pm    Post subject:

someone is doing a trial of remdesivir with an inflammatory drug - though not actemra

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-remdesivir/nih-begins-study-of-remdesivir-with-anti-inflammatory-drug-to-treat-covid-19-idUSL1N2CQ1J1

The National Institutes of Health said on Friday it has started a clinical study to test a combination of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir and anti-inflammatory treatment baricitinib in COVID-19 patients.

The trial is currently enrolling adults hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States and is expected to study the treatment combination in more than 1,000 participants. (bit.ly/2YM0tfp)

Baricitinib, which is marketed under brand name Olumiant by Eli Lilly and Co, was being tested as a potential treatment for hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

Interest in remdesivir has been high as there are no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, which has resulted in over 70,000 deaths in the country.

“We now have solid data showing that remdesivir diminishes to a modest degree the time to recovery for people hospitalized with COVID-19,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Fauci said this study will look at whether adding an anti-inflammatory agent to remdesivir has additional benefits, including reducing mortality.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 3:31 pm    Post subject:

https://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/6751054/bangladeshi-firm-makes-generic-remdesivir/?cs=5461

A Bangladeshi company says it has produced the first generic version of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is currently being tested as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

"We have successfully completed all the steps in the manufacturing of remdesivir," Simeen Hossain, head of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Limited, said on Friday about the production of the drug developed and patented by Gilead Sciences in the US.


The announcement comes as Gilead negotiates with pharmaceutical manufacturers in India and Pakistan over the production of remdesivir for developing countries.

Remivir, the brand name of remdesivir manufactured by Eskayef, will be available for use in hospitals "in a few days" after it has been approved by Bangladesh's regulator, the company's marketing chief Mujahidul Islam told DPA.
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https://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/6751054/bangladeshi-firm-makes-generic-remdesivir/?cs=5461

A Bangladeshi company says it has produced the first generic version of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is currently being tested as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

"We have successfully completed all the steps in the manufacturing of remdesivir," Simeen Hossain, head of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Limited, said on Friday about the production of the drug developed and patented by Gilead Sciences in the US.


The announcement comes as Gilead negotiates with pharmaceutical manufacturers in India and Pakistan over the production of remdesivir for developing countries.

Remivir, the brand name of remdesivir manufactured by Eskayef, will be available for use in hospitals "in a few days" after it has been approved by Bangladesh's regulator, the company's marketing chief Mujahidul Islam told DPA.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 6:12 pm    Post subject:

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maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.



Here's why it's harder than you think:

Who says weekly testing is enough? Can they get enough tests without causing as big PR storm? If all the teams are in Las Vegas, would players be allowed to have their families with them? How is the playoff money going to be divided up? What happens if you restart the league and a player gets covid19 and dies?

There are a million issues like that. As a fan you don't have to think about them. The players and league do.

Remember, these are human beings, not a video game.


it's all about the money. the NBA shall pay for all the testing and logistic expenses.

I mean, we're still in lockdown, might as well lockdown all of nba and their families down in Vegas. Call it an NBA quarantine zone, it will be strict like a hospital setting, no personnel can enter without first clear of virus.

All the human beings, especially the rich ones are in lockdown anyways. Their choice is to do nothing while lockdown at home or do their job (get paid) and lockdown in Vegas.

There is already enough testing in most of the country now, many cities in CA are offering free drive by testing. Getting tested is no longer the issue for those with $.

it's not just the players, but whole sports industry have no income what so ever. The risk of infection for those getting paid millions are way less than normal people who are opening up now.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 6:15 pm    Post subject:

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maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.


The league has said that players won’t be tested until testing is available nationwide. Unless they have symptoms.



testing is available nationwide already
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 6:55 pm    Post subject:

maomao wrote:
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maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.


The league has said that players won’t be tested until testing is available nationwide. Unless they have symptoms.



testing is available nationwide already


There is still a nationwide shortage of tests, and limitations/restrictions of who can get tested in some areas. Right now, only teams in areas where coronavirus testing is available for health care workers can test asymptomatic player in order to reopen their gyms. Some teams can, some teams still can't because that testing is not available in their city.

And, as I said in my previous post, testing is only one issue the NBA needs to address before reopening. There are many, many others. There is going to be a lot of discussion between the league and player's union before that happens.

Ultimately, the players will take the most risk, so the league can't reopen until the players agree to reopen.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject:

activeverb wrote:
maomao wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.


The league has said that players won’t be tested until testing is available nationwide. Unless they have symptoms.



testing is available nationwide already


There is still a nationwide shortage of tests, and limitations/restrictions of who can get tested in some areas. Right now, only teams in areas where coronavirus testing is available for health care workers can test asymptomatic player in order to reopen their gyms. Some teams can, some teams still can't because that testing is not available in their city.

And, as I said in my previous post, testing is only one issue the NBA needs to address before reopening. There are many, many others. There is going to be a lot of discussion between the league and player's union before that happens.

Ultimately, the players will take the most risk, so the league can't reopen until the players agree to reopen.


Yes right now it is discouraging we aren't at the point of nation wide testing (even without symptoms) in all areas. And this is one of the greatest hurdles to the season starting again.

But no need to be discouraged..there are shortages in testing because some of the components of these tests come from global supplies that also supply to other countries. And every country wants these supplies.

And these suppliers are also reliant on other global suppliers (this is similar in other industries like automobiles where Ford, GM, Toyota, and the like buy some parts from all the same supplier..who these suppliers also buy parts from the same suppliers).

But demand gets shifted down the line as time goes by as consumers demand more testing..which the companies who make these tests demand more components from their suppliers..and those suppliers demand more from their suppliers and so on..eventually the entire chain lines up and supply will catch up.

Long story short..I wouldn't be surprised by the end of this month, we really start to see a change in testing availability. The company I worked for (a health center) actually announced that N95 masks, face shields and the like will start becoming available at CVS, gas stations, and the like. What a turn of events!
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 8:55 pm    Post subject:

lar9149 wrote:
activeverb wrote:
maomao wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
maomao wrote:
jeez, the more time we wait, the harder for us to win it all.

how hard is this? just have all team play in Vegas with no fans in attendance. Heck, even be creative with live virtual fans cheering from home. Some tv revenue is better than nothing. we're watching the majority of games on TV anyways.

just have players and personnel's test weekly for the virus. With no travel, it's easy to condense and play out the remaining season and playoff.

just get going already.


The league has said that players won’t be tested until testing is available nationwide. Unless they have symptoms.



testing is available nationwide already


There is still a nationwide shortage of tests, and limitations/restrictions of who can get tested in some areas. Right now, only teams in areas where coronavirus testing is available for health care workers can test asymptomatic player in order to reopen their gyms. Some teams can, some teams still can't because that testing is not available in their city.

And, as I said in my previous post, testing is only one issue the NBA needs to address before reopening. There are many, many others. There is going to be a lot of discussion between the league and player's union before that happens.

Ultimately, the players will take the most risk, so the league can't reopen until the players agree to reopen.


Yes right now it is discouraging we aren't at the point of nation wide testing (even without symptoms) in all areas. And this is one of the greatest hurdles to the season starting again.

But no need to be discouraged..there are shortages in testing because some of the components of these tests come from global supplies that also supply to other countries. And every country wants these supplies.

And these suppliers are also reliant on other global suppliers (this is similar in other industries like automobiles where Ford, GM, Toyota, and the like buy some parts from all the same supplier..who these suppliers also buy parts from the same suppliers).

But demand gets shifted down the line as time goes by as consumers demand more testing..which the companies who make these tests demand more components from their suppliers..and those suppliers demand more from their suppliers and so on..eventually the entire chain lines up and supply will catch up.

Long story short..I wouldn't be surprised by the end of this month, we really start to see a change in testing availability. The company I worked for (a health center) actually announced that N95 masks, face shields and the like will start becoming available at CVS, gas stations, and the like. What a turn of events!



I'm not discouraged. I just accept things aren't going to return to how they were in January in the snap of a finger. I think it's going to be a minimum of 6-12 months before the situation is truly under control.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 9:03 pm    Post subject:

cal1piggy wrote:
https://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/6751054/bangladeshi-firm-makes-generic-remdesivir/?cs=5461

A Bangladeshi company says it has produced the first generic version of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is currently being tested as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

"We have successfully completed all the steps in the manufacturing of remdesivir," Simeen Hossain, head of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Limited, said on Friday about the production of the drug developed and patented by Gilead Sciences in the US.


The announcement comes as Gilead negotiates with pharmaceutical manufacturers in India and Pakistan over the production of remdesivir for developing countries.

Remivir, the brand name of remdesivir manufactured by Eskayef, will be available for use in hospitals "in a few days" after it has been approved by Bangladesh's regulator, the company's marketing chief Mujahidul Islam told DPA.


Cal1 remdesivir is produced by Gilead, which is a biotech company. My understanding the production of remdesivir is considered moderate complexity. The production of biotech products are not always as straight forward as other drugs.

Do you know if there is any reason to believe that these generic versions might not be as effective or is that completely false?
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 11:49 pm    Post subject:

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https://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/6751054/bangladeshi-firm-makes-generic-remdesivir/?cs=5461

A Bangladeshi company says it has produced the first generic version of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is currently being tested as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

"We have successfully completed all the steps in the manufacturing of remdesivir," Simeen Hossain, head of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Limited, said on Friday about the production of the drug developed and patented by Gilead Sciences in the US.


The announcement comes as Gilead negotiates with pharmaceutical manufacturers in India and Pakistan over the production of remdesivir for developing countries.

Remivir, the brand name of remdesivir manufactured by Eskayef, will be available for use in hospitals "in a few days" after it has been approved by Bangladesh's regulator, the company's marketing chief Mujahidul Islam told DPA.


Cal1 remdesivir is produced by Gilead, which is a biotech company. My understanding the production of remdesivir is considered moderate complexity. The production of biotech products are not always as straight forward as other drugs.

Do you know if there is any reason to believe that these generic versions might not be as effective or is that completely false?


i dont see any reason why a competent chemical company cannot produce remdesivir.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 5:53 pm    Post subject:

https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/feds-sending-cases-of-covid-19-treatment-remdesivir-to-illinois-and-other-states

CHICAGO - The federal government is sending supplies of the first drug that appears to help speed the recovery of some COVID-19 patients to six states, where it will be distributed by health departments.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Saturday that it is delivering 140 cases of the drug remdesivir to Illinois, 110 cases to New Jersey, 40 cases to Michigan, 30 cases each to Connecticut and Maryland and 10 cases to Iowa. Each case contains 40 vials of the drug, the department said in a statement.

The department says the doses have to go to more critical patients including those on ventilators or in need of supplemental oxygen.

"State and local health departments have the greatest insights into community-level needs in the COVID-19 response," the statement said.

Earlier this week the government sent 565 cases to New York, 117 to Massachusetts, 94 to New Jersey, 38 to Indiana, 33 to Virginia, 30 to Rhode Island, and seven to Tennessee.

The company that makes the antiviral drug, California-based Gilead Sciences, has said it is donating its entire current stockpile to help in the U.S. pandemic response.

Remdesivir was cleared for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration last week. Early research was done on monkeys.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:43 pm    Post subject:

Adam Silver needs to grow a set of balls and take the Goodell approach. You can’t make everyone happy.

Baseball has a really great idea in the works for a July start.

NBA needs to do the same. Restart with the following options

- Disney world or Las Vegas host the remainder of the games.

- 4-6 week “restarting camp for players to get back into shape”

- Finish the season at 68 games or 72 games which works to about 5-10 more games for each team or just end the regular season.

- Start the playoffs immediately. The big positive is fewer teams with fewer personnel.

- Try a 7 game series schedule or cut it down to 5 games.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 pm    Post subject:

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Adam Silver needs to grow a set of balls and take the Goodell approach. You can’t make everyone happy.

Baseball has a really great idea in the works for a July start.

NBA needs to do the same. Restart with the following options

- Disney world or Las Vegas host the remainder of the games.

- 4-6 week “restarting camp for players to get back into shape”

- Finish the season at 68 games or 72 games which works to about 5-10 more games for each team or just end the regular season.

- Start the playoffs immediately. The big positive is fewer teams with fewer personnel.

- Try a 7 game series schedule or cut it down to 5 games.


First, you have to realize the MLB July 1st date is simply a proposal that the league is going to present to the players union. It's considered optimistic, and there are a lot of issues to work out.

That's the same with the NBA. It's not like the league is simply going to announce their plan. They'll put together a proposal for the players union and they'll be a lot of negotiation involved.

It's not going to be a simple process. There are nearly 500 players in the league and all of them have agents, managers, lawyers, and families that are concerned about their health and long term future.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 10:32 pm    Post subject:

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Adam Silver needs to grow a set of balls and take the Goodell approach. You can’t make everyone happy.

Baseball has a really great idea in the works for a July start.

NBA needs to do the same. Restart with the following options

- Disney world or Las Vegas host the remainder of the games.

- 4-6 week “restarting camp for players to get back into shape”

- Finish the season at 68 games or 72 games which works to about 5-10 more games for each team or just end the regular season.

- Start the playoffs immediately. The big positive is fewer teams with fewer personnel.

- Try a 7 game series schedule or cut it down to 5 games.


First, you have to realize the MLB July 1st date is simply a proposal that the league is going to present to the players union. It's considered optimistic, and there are a lot of issues to work out.

That's the same with the NBA. It's not like the league is simply going to announce their plan. They'll put together a proposal for the players union and they'll be a lot of negotiation involved.

It's not going to be a simple process. There are nearly 500 players in the league and all of them have agents, managers, lawyers, and families that are concerned about their health and long term future.


they'll have to deal with no fans and covid for the foreseeable future imo. A vaccine in a short period is pipe dream, earlier estimates were 12-18 months if they're able to even make one, on top of that even a vaccine wont help as it might simply mutate. Sorry to sound like a doomsdayer or anything but just the reality of the situation. This is something we all will have to live with. Luckily the IFR for the younger population looks extremely low.

The NBA is about to lose a ton of $$$, their attendance is 40% of their income is what I read but maybe I'm wrong. and merchandise income will be down. Im starting to wonder if its even in the NBA's owners interest to have any games with the mega deals floating around. Players might be part of the population without jobs soon but they should be okay if they took care of the money they made.

Sounds like 1st world problems for them in comparison to what the rest of us are about to face.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 8:55 am    Post subject:

https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/health/three-pharma-cos-begin-experimental-production-of-remdesivir-1589020282

Three pharmaceuticals companies in Bangladesh have started experimental production of COVID-19 drug, remdesivir.

The three companies are: Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Among the three pharmaceuticals companies, Eskayef and Beximco have submitted the samples of the drug to the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA)

Eskayef submitted its samples of remdesivir to the DGDA on Saturday while Beximco submitted it on Wednesday, said Ruhul Amin, a director of DGDA.

The companies will be permitted to market the drug if everything is fine, he said. “They have to apply for authorisation for marketing the drug if the test results are satisfactory.”

The DGDA has permitted five other companies to produce the drug and they are Square, Beacon, Healthcare, Popular and Opsonin, Ruhul Amin said.

A bdnews24.com report citing Reuters says, a single dose of remdesivir will be priced at Tk 5,500, according to officials of the DGDA and the pharmaceutical companies. An adult patient may need up to 12 doses on doctor’s advice.

The companies can initially supply the drug to the hospitals that have been permitted to treat COVID-19. It will not be available in pharmacies.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 5:07 pm    Post subject:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2020/05/10/coronavirus-mlb-employees-coronavirus-antibodies-study/3106549001/

Just 0.7% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Researchers received 6,237 completed surveys from employees of 26 clubs. That led to 5,754 samples obtained in the U.S. on April 14 and 15 and 5,603 records that were used. The survey kit had a 0.5% false positive rate.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, one of the study’s leaders, said the prevalence of the antibodies among MLB employees was lower than for the general population during testing in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco area and Miami.

“I was expecting a little bit of a higher number,” Bhattacharya said during a telephone news conference Sunday. “The set of people in the MLB employee population that we tested in some sense have been less affected by the COVID epidemic than their surrounding communities.”
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