COVID-19: Could politics and sports reignite the U.S. pandemic?


Donald Trump speaks to supportersPresident Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.(PHOTO:AFP)

GUEST: Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist at University of California, San Francisco.

With parts of the United States economy opening up and certain social restrictions being lifted, many are wondering – how safe is safe? And what kind of normal should we expect with COVID-19 moving forward?

Professional sports leagues are considering how they can salvage their seasons – and their bottom line – without stadium crowds and the revenue they bring.

Meanwhile, as Democrats consider alternatives to an in person presidential convention, the Republican National Committee has stated their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina is going ahead – with up to 50,000 expected to attend. Donald Trump himself is pressuring the state’s governor to let it happen:

But with strategies for reopening highly politicized – are people getting the right information? And could overconfidence in our safety during the reopening risk reigniting the U.S. pandemic?

With much confusion – and stress – about crowds and public safety during reopening, we asked an expert to cut through the noise. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong is a professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist, at University of California, San Francisco.