As we continue to be plagued by the ravages of the Covid-19 Coronavirus a thought came to me while jogging today. (Yesterday is was that perhaps Vitamin-D…or lack of it in the diets or on the skin of many–especially during the cold and dark winter months might be a problem exacerbating the life of the virus….and why infants and babies don’t seem to develop the disease as much.)
But I had never seen statistics actually showing that or even the breakdowns of who are much more prone to contracting the disease…how many may have been exposed but never contracted it and the demonstrable reasons on most prominent exposure methods. And mostly–why do some get it and others not even though both have been exposed. Does that information exist?
Today my “jogging thoughts” centered on how science and the public could get a better hand on what we are battling–the actual introduction of analytics into the study. And who better to volunteer time and expertise than major league baseball?
Certainly helping get a hand of Covid-19 is far more important that knowing the percentages of times Justin Verlander throws a down and away slider on a 2-2 count!
Let’s get real here folks. Sports is fun to play. It is fun to follow. Teams and players are fun to root for–and in some cases against. But it remains the toy department of life. Adding the gambling aspect in many forms years ago kept it alive for adults who were starting to actually be lost by the actual games or sports. The analytic guys started to show up in Las Vegas to set the odds based on as much information as they could get. Soon those concepts crept into the real games as sometimes rather esoteric and invented formulas started to creep into the analysis. How that material is used in sports may be questioned by some long time fans. But the basic numbers from which those questionable formulas were devised WERE compiled.
I want the same almost minutia reporting and information compiled for Covid-19. I want to know how many have been tested. What ages? Where? How many were positive? How many were negative? How many were hospitalized? How many were not? How many recovered and how long it took? We have a lot of those statistics I suspect. But I want deeper info. I want to know lifestyles in all categories. Smokers, drinkers, diet, supplements used, frequency of medical checks, general health. And I want our expert analytics folks in sports, baseball particularly, to lead that search. Use what they have learned in recording curve ball break and where to set up defenses in the real world and outside of the toy box until we have this thing under control.
Then back to the computers to figure the newest convoluted stat to make older baseball fans scratch their heads and potential new ones desert this number crazy game for soccer where all you have to do is kick a ball and use your head to direct it instead of think about it!