NHL postpones some October games because of Influenza A virus

With the start of the regular season fast approaching, the NHL’s Seattle franchise has some extra time to gear up. They will also need to answer some really good questions.

Because of an outbreak of human cases of the potentially fatal ultra-rare infection Covid-19, the National Hockey League has postponed some games scheduled to be played in October. The organization said in a press release:

“Updating an earlier announcement on the Influenza A® (H1N1) Vaccine Advisory Committee meeting this afternoon, the NHL and its clubs today announced that because of an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection by human case in New York, the following two games have been postponed and will be rescheduled by NHL teams: Toronto at Brooklyn (Oct. 14), Chicago at Chicago (Oct. 16). The announced dates will not be affected by the announcement regarding the Philadelphia Flyers postponing their season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. All games will be rescheduled, and as always, the NHL will work with the relevant organizations and leagues to identify a new date and site for these games. The importance of protecting the health and safety of our players, teams and fans cannot be understated, so the priority is to assure that the games will be played at the venues where the games originally were scheduled.”

The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with fecal matter. The symptoms are similar to a common cold but can develop into a severe infection including pneumonia. The average age of the infected is four. So to make sure your hockey team isn’t out having fun in the snake pit, team management should set a little money aside.

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