Thursday, April 22, 2021

Health care workers have mixed feelings watching sports

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After spending parts of five years as a wide receiver in the NFL, anesthesiology resident Nate Hughes said he certainly plans to tune in to football season this fall. He still has friends in the league, after all, and relationships with some of the coaches.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, with more than 4.8 million confirmed cases across the country, Hughes admits he probably won’t watch NFL games in the same way. Not after working on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. 

“I’m caught in the middle,” Hughes told USA TODAY Sports. “I love sports, but at the same time, I wish we would do more to protect each other.”

Hughes is one of many front-line health care workers who are now watching the return of professional sports…

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