Cancel Big 12 Conference in Kansas City To Slow Spread of COVID-19

Cancel Big 12 Conference in Kansas City To Slow Spread of COVID-19

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Adam Coomes started this petition to Bob Bowlsby and

The Big 12 Conference in Kansas City begins this week, bringing upwards of 100,000 people from local and neighboring States to gather in Kansas City. As you can see around the world as COVID-19 spreads, many of the cases that escalate quickly stem from an irresponsible gathering of people, and a few sick individuals spread this disease to hundreds of others. The CDC recommends serious action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside of communities. Though we’ve only had a small number of cases in this state and neighboring states, lack of testing has experts saying we could have 10x more cases than currently reported. Also, those who have contracted the illness could go 2 days to 2 weeks before symptoms manifest, meaning there could be perfectly healthy individuals spreading the illness around the city.

CDC recommendations directly from the CDC website:
Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We MUST LEARN from countries like China, Italy and South Korea. Italy’s conditions are TERRIBLE and it is a HIGH ALERT warning sign for us. Read this from someone on the ground here:
https://threader.app/thread/1237142891077697538

If we continue moving forward with a conference like Big 12, bringing 90k+ people together in one small area, we create a surge in new cases. This is what has been happening in other countries when they have NOT LEARNED from what we already know.

If we have a surge of cases in our hospitals, we run out of critical tools to treat the severe cases, which are more common than reported. We must slow the spread! Continuing with Big 12 will SPEED UP THE SPREAD.

This is NOT THE FLU. In 2019, there were 20,000 deaths from 34,000,000 cases of the flu. Based on that math, if we get 34,000,000 cases of COVID-19 (VERY likely), we will have 1.1 MILLION DEATHS given the current death rate!

This is the most serious threat to our safety we’ve ever experienced in our lifetime. If you have any doubts, look at the numbers. This article helps explain that:
https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/10/simple-math-alarming-answers-covid-19/

At the current projections, ALL HOSPITAL BEDS WILL BE FILLED IN THE UNITED STATES BY MAY 10TH OF THIS YEAR. Can you imagine what that will mean for new cases, healthcare workers, people with OTHER CONDITIONS that need treatment? This is catastrophic. We HAVE to take this SERIOUSLY.

I implore Mr. Burda and Mr. Bowlsby to do the right thing and cancel BIG 12. This is NECESSARY and CRUCIAL to public safety, the safety of our city, the safety of our country, and WILL SAVE LIVES!

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