“Opening pro sports games to fans is probably a terrible idea,” says coauthor Brad Humphreys, an economist at West Virginia University.
It’s probably a good idea to stay away from stadiums. And concerts. And conferences. And conventions. This is the finding of a working paper by economists at West Virginia University, who analyzed weekly flu outbreak data from 1962 to 2016, to find that flu deaths correlate with professional sports games. This bodes poorly for large-scale events in the age of COVID-19, which is both more contagious and more deadly.
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