Morning Free Association: Hockey in the Age of COVID

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Last week, several Bruins returned to the fresh sheet at Warrior Ice Arena. First it was Bergy and Brad. Then on Friday, it was a trio of Zdeno Chara, John Moore, and Par Lindholm.

Friday was also the day that Don Sweeney held Bruins media availability. Among the topics that he discussed was an unnamed Bruins player testing positive for the coronavirus, then testing negative twice, all while remaining asymptomatic. That player has not been cleared to enter Warrior Arena as of yet.

How could this be? Well, it all depends on the test that is being used, it’s sensitivity and specificity.

From the link above:

Laboratory tests are characterized by their ability to detect a positive case (sensitivity) and their ability to determine a negative case (specificity). So a sensitive test is less likely to provide a false-negative result and a specific test is less likely to provide a false-positive result. Test manufacturers and laboratories often report the “analytic” sensitivity and specificity of a test, which are based on the analysis of a set of known positive and negative samples. These numbers, however, represent the accuracy of a test under ideal conditions in which specimens have been collected from patients with either high viral loads or a complete absence of exposure. Sensitivity and specificity under real-world conditions, in which patients are more variable and specimen collection may not be ideal, can often be lower than reported numbers.

So, it could be a result of the test having low sensitivity and specificity, which could have resulted in a false-positive. Or it could result from poor sample collection, or any number of real world sample complications. So, all-in-all, the Bruins taking this seriously and waiting to see if the player in question develops symptoms or continues to return negative test results.

It should be noted that the Bruins are not the only team dealing with a recent positive test: the Arizona Coyotes had a staff member test positive while asymptomatic. That person is currently self-isolating and the team is notifying all whom came in contact with them of the possible exposure.

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Morning all. Finally got around to binging Picard this weekend. Really enjoyed it minus a couple of things. One thing in particular made me really really really really mad. Spoilers just in case:

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HOW DARE YOU KILL HUGH!!!!!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I enjoyed it.

Not being very familiar with TNG I wasn’t sure how much of the story relate to things from the series and films.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I haven’t watched a Star trek film in a long time so I couldn’t tell you either. I’m guessing not much since I was able to follow along.

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Hmm… never saw Picard – didn’t want to deal with CBS All-Access. I think I’ll plan on a binge if it’s on Amazon Prime.

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Satan 81's Sister

I did the free 7 day CBS All Access on Amazon Prime to binge it.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Prime is all its on in the UK! Don’t know whether you’re a VPN user.

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Hi folks.

England is open as of today. Hopefully everyone is sensible and stays safe. London has relatively very few cases recently but I’m a bit worried some other parts of the country might be a bit premature.

Leah’s tenth birthday today! Wow, a decade goes by so fast! Just lit a bbq and hoping the huge black clouds that have drifted over keep themselves to themselves!

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Satan 81's Sister

Happy Birthday Leah!!

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Yeah, we have all the “red states” reopened before they even hit their peaks, so our Covid numbers are still growing as if the big peaks in NY, NJ, MA, CA, & WA had never receded.
I look forward to the “fun” that ensues when a bunch of folks come up from Florida and re-seed COVID in the Northeast.
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(“Tommy Boy” was on TV yesterday)

On the less sarcastic side, Happy birthday, Leah!comment image

Quaider4ever
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Our little town had visitors from all over the northeast as our river was running (and few others are). I was not impressed with the lack of social distancing.

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Tommy Boy is one of my all time faves!! Holy Schnikies!!!

The London Bear
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Thanks!

Yeah, seeing how it’s trending in Iran is a bit worrying.

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Quaider4ever

Happy Birthday, Leah!!! I hope you get a great day!!

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Good Morning!
The Age of Covid is right! It seems like ages since this all began. I noticed that people are being less cautious lately…. I hope it doesn’t hurt them… or anyone else. I would love for it all to be a hoax, but I don’t think it is. There will be new mutations in the coming years, so I guess we should get used to it….. not sure I ever will.
Play the hockey, already!!!