Aaron Rodgers has been vocal about the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Rodgers believes that the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols are not based upon science or data. Allen Sills, chief medical officer at the NFL, addressed reporters Wednesday to respond to Rodgers’ claims.
“We’ve been very consistent,”Sills stated to reportersPer USA Today. “First of all, these are things that we decided collectively with the players association (NFLPA). They’re always based on science. The science that at best we understand for public health, but also our own data. We are constantly looking at our own data in every way possible, to see where we might still be vulnerable and what parts of our protocols we think are particularly effective. So, we’re very comfortable with what we’ve put in place being driven by our data and is working.”
Rodgers was positive for COVID-19 just two weeks before he appeared on the screen. Pat McAfee ShowNovember 5, and called out NFL for its COVID-19 protocol. “Some of the rules to me are not based in science at all,”Rodgers stated that Rodgers was positive for COVID-19 just two days before he began a mandatory 10-day quarantine which would require him to miss only one game. “They are based purely in trying to out and shame people, like needing to wear a mask at a podium when everyone in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask makes no sense to me.”It was later discovered that Rodgers was not vaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19. Rodgers and Packers were later fined after they violated COVID-19 protocols.
This is because the NFL is enhancing its protocols in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the country. “This upward trend, coupled with the onset of colder weather driving individuals indoors, has resulted in an increased risk of infection among players and staff, “A memo to the 32 NFL stated thatPer USA Today. “Our experts and data confirm that getting vaccinated remains our strongest defense against contracting and transmission of the virus within club facilities.
“Based on the increased number of positive tests in the country, and after consulting with our experts and sharing our collective experience, we have made the following modifications to the Protocols.