Opinion: 'It's insane,' Johns Hopkins expert says of NFL pushing for Ravens-Steelers this week


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon goes around the league and breaks down all the biggest story lines from Week 12 in the NFL.


Just 20 miles or so from the facility where the Baltimore Ravens sparked a raging COVID-19 outbreak, some of the best epidemiologists, infectious disease experts and public health scholars in the country have spent months offering the best possible guidance to help America beat the pandemic. 

So when you see the Ravens and the NFL postpone their game against Pittsburgh Steelers for a third time to Wednesday after nine straight days of positive tests in their organization, it almost looks like a cross-town rivalry with Johns Hopkins University, where you won’t find a lot of people who think any of this is a good idea. 

“I think it’s insane,” said Kate Grabowski, an epidemiologist and member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics group at Johns Hopkins. “Clearly there’s a lot of ongoing transmission within the organization, there are likely people who are yet to test positive, and it’s really no guarantee going into (this week’s) game that there will be nobody infectious on the field. It’s…

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