At least we’ve established for sure who the real essential workers are around here.
It’s the football team.
The only big question left unanswered is: When are we going to start paying them?
The recent decision by the University of Washington and other big West Coast universities to revive their football seasons is one of those “this is who we really are” moments, of the type that the coronavirus uncomfortably keeps exposing.
The gist was that the Pac-12 had in August canceled all fall sports due to the health threat. The universities reversed course and reinstated football after setting up a system of daily, rapid-turnaround COVID-19 testing for all players that should greatly help contain any virus spread.
The testing machines have arrived, and now players can get on-the-spot antigen results in 15 minutes or less, every day, as a sort of general screening. They’ll also get a more comprehensive PCR test swab once per week, or sooner if one of the quick tests comes up positive.