Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy itching to ‘go back to work,’ hopes staff is back on May 1 (Details)


School soccer amenities are quiet, pads will not be popping and the way forward for the 2020 season stays in limbo because the world offers with the coronavirus pandemic. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is seemingly not as involved as many others. He is wanting ahead to returning to work and has a date in thoughts.

The Cowboys coach advised reporters on Tuesday that he is hoping to get again to teaching earlier than later so long as an antibodies take a look at is developed that may clear folks of the virus or show that they’re immune. 

“How briskly that may occur primarily based on the checks which are obtainable, I am unable to say proper now, however that is the plan,” Gundy mentioned, in response to ESPN. “We have now to have a plan, and the plan proper now’s for them to begin on Could 1. It would get backed up two weeks. I do not know. I am unable to make that decision, but when it does, we’ll begin with the workers of this firm, those that come on this constructing. Then we’ll deliver the gamers in, and slowly however certainly we’ll take a look at all of them in.”

Stillwater, Oklahoma, at present has a shelter-in-place order by April 16, which might be prolonged primarily based on the an infection curve within the state and across the nation. Gundy mentioned that his plan to get again to soccer on Could 1 is fluid primarily based on how the an infection progresses over the subsequent month.

“Perhaps they do not come again,” he mentioned, “however the majority of individuals on this constructing who’re wholesome … and definitely the 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-, 22-year-olds which are wholesome, the so-called medical folks saying the herd of wholesome folks that have the antibodies could also be constructed up and may combat this? All of us want to return to work.

“I am not taking away from the hazard of individuals getting sick,” he mentioned. “You’ve got the virus, keep wholesome, attempt to do what we will to assist folks which are sick. And we’re dropping lives, which is simply horrible. The second a part of it’s that we nonetheless should schedule and proceed to maneuver ahead as life goes on and assist these folks.”

Gundy additionally claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic — which has value greater than 81,000 deaths worldwide, together with greater than 12,000 in the USA — can be handled similar to the usual flu as soon as a take a look at and remedy are developed. 

“We get folks that get the flu through the season. We quarantine them, we deal with them, we ensure they’re wholesome, we deliver ’em again,” he mentioned. “It will be the identical factor right here, however in some unspecified time in the future, we have got to return to work. We have to get these guys again in right here. … From what I learn, the wholesome folks can combat this; the antibodies make it higher. They’re performing some blood transplants now with the folks that have already gotten the illness, which have gotten over it which have the antibodies that may combat it. There’s lots of people who can determine this out. Could 1’s our aim. Do not know if it is going to occur. Gamers will are available after that.”

Oklahoma State launched a press release on Gundy’s feedback on Tuesday evening.

“Everybody desires to return to a point of normalcy as quickly as potential.” the assertion learn. “As for Oklahoma State College,  we are going to adhere to the recommendation of public well being consultants who’re making knowledgeable selections in the very best curiosity of the residents of our nation and state primarily based on sound scientific knowledge.  We will even abide by the federal and state mandates in addition to Huge 12 pointers. We is not going to compromise the well being and well-being of our campus group. This virus is lethal and we are going to do our half at Oklahoma State to assist blunt the unfold.”

In fact, evaluating a novel virus that developed during the last 5 months, does not have a vaccine and has unfold everywhere in the world in a brief time period to the flu — which, whereas additionally lethal, has a time-tested vaccine — seemingly ignores the severity of the present pandemic. What’s much more stunning is that Gundy seemingly disregards the menace it poses to younger folks so long as gamers can get again to the enterprise of soccer.

There have been greater than 1.four million coronavirus instances and greater than 80,000 deaths worldwide for the reason that pandemic began in late 2019. School {and professional} sports activities have primarily been placed on maintain through the combat in opposition to COVID-19.


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