Public health experts say Dallas Cowboys COVID outbreak shows pandemic is far from over


DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys COVID outbreak is one of the biggest in the NFL this season. Public health experts say it shows the pandemic is far from over.

“It just makes you want to be careful, because if they take all the protocols and they have outbreaks, then we just need to step up our game even more,” fan Tyler Simmons said.

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Some Cowboys fans are worried not only about how the head coach‘s COVID case will affect the team’s season, but also what that means for the continued spread of the virus.

“It’s a reminder that we must always take precautions to protect those around us,” said Dr. Erin Carlson, director of graduate programs in public health at UT Arlington.

Texas case rates are currently much lower than they were around this time last year, but public health experts say there is still a chance that people will contract the virus during Thanksgiving celebrations or travel.

“We expect there will be a wave of coronavirus across the United States after Thanksgiving, especially as we enter the holiday season,” said Dr. Shane Fernando, clinical epidemiologist at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

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It is too early to predict how much of the upside we might see.

“The vaccines have given us some hope,” said Dr Fernando.

It’s also a factor people should take into account when weighing the risk of participating in any of the December holiday traditions.

“We need to have these conversations with family members and friends and other people that we will meet with to find out whether or not they have been vaccinated,” Dr Carlson said. “Whether they care or not if they are traveling on their way to join you, if they will wear their masks.”

Another thing to consider is the new Omicron variant.

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Public health experts say there’s nothing to panic about yet, but it should be a motivation to get the vaccine if you haven’t already, or the booster if you’re eligible.


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