Is the loss of the 49ers Super Bowl a lifeline for Bay Area? UCSF doctor calls it a gift


The greatest achievement in the history of sport in the Bay Area?

When did the 49ers win their first Super Bowl? When did the Giants win the 2010 World Series? When the Warriors launched their fabulous dynasty six seasons ago with an NBA championship?

Or was it the last Super Bowl on Sunday, when the 49ers lost a fourth quarter lead and were run over by the Kansas City Chiefs, and perhaps inadvertently saved thousands of lives?

San Francisco and California led the country in responding to the coronaviruses. We have shown how to flatten the lethal curve. This is largely due to the bold and intelligent leadership of Mayor London Breed, Governor Gavin Newsom and our medical community. But there is also an element of pure luck that was not sure at the time.

Dr. Niraj Sehgal is the head of the UCSF COVID-19 Command Center. In a recent town hall video, Dr. Sehgal talked about the UCSF and the city as Ground Zero for the response to coronaviruses, and he presented a scary scenario.

“People may not remember it as well,” said Dr. Sehgal, “but (the) Super Bowl weekend, in some ways, with apologies to 49ers fans, the gift we perhaps received was the loss of the 49ers.

“If you think about what happened this weekend, if the 49ers won, and there were parades and parties at that time, it may have had an impact that I have not seen actually described. “

Let’s describe it.

Thousands of fans reportedly met their conquering heroes on Monday afternoon when the 49ers’ plane landed from Miami. Bars and restaurants throughout the bay area are said to have been crowded with celebrants. The parties galore. Wednesday, parade on Market Street! Over a million fans flocked along the route, some seated on their shoulders to spot their heroes.

In short, a wonderful crush on happy humanity – and a Disneyland for the coronavirus. We would have been removed from society like sardines.


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