The Coronavirus has impacted all of us and the sports world alike. With the major sports leagues, college programs and high school sports on hold, Dr. Oz joined the Midday Show with Andy and Randy on Friday to tell us when we could potentially get back to some sense of normalcy.
Q: Besides washing your hands, staying 6 feet apartment from one another and social distancing, what should we be doing?
A: "Vitamin D. And you get it from the sun, ideally. And if the weather gets warm you can expose your back, your chest, your legs. I mean, you need big surface areas of body to see the sun, not just your face...Vitamin D is one of the best ways of enhancing the immune system. And it's not a cure-all, and it's never been shown for Coronavirus because nothing has. We've never studied it. We didn't know this thing existed three months ago. But in other flu illnesses and getting the cold, it seems to be beneficial in reducing the incidents in getting it..."
Q: How can we expect to safely get things going again in sports?
A: "A lot of it is going to depend on the players and whether they're willing to get continually tested which is what will be needed to make sure they're not sick and can't infect others. In sports like basketball, football where there's a lot of physical contact, you have to be free of virus to be able to perform. Baseball, you can imagine, people getting away with it a little bit because you're not that close to all the other players all the time. So it wouldn't be quite as sick or nervous...But I can imagine a lot of games, all the sports being played in empty arenas. It's just going to be hard to imagine, especially older people, going to arenas.