The Russian professional football team Banner of Labor announced that team goalkeeper Ivan Zaborovsky was in intensive care after struck by lightning during training.
People seriously injured or killed by lightning strikes are rare. In America, the US National Weather Service relay that for ten years from 2009 to 2018, on average, 27 deaths and 243 alleged injuries occurred each year from lightning throughout the country. While the risk of a lightning strike on a person is real, it is also quite small. The National Meteorological Service sets out the probability as follows: one of 1222 000 chances to get a lightning strike during a certain year and one of 15 300 chances to get a strike in a lifetime.
A professional athlete, such as Zaborovsky, was injured by lightning, this is a very unusual occurrence. In contrast, we regularly hear about professional athletes from almost all sports that have tested positive for coronavirus. At the National Basketball Association (NBA), for example, 25 playersAbout seven percent of NBA players tested positive for coronavirus in testing players over the past couple of weeks. Many athletes from other professional sports leagues also tested positive. Other professional sports players probably had a coronavirus, but they never passed the test, because at that time they did not have minor health problems.
Where are many hospitalizations and intensive care among these athletes who have had coronavirus? We do not hear about it.
This makes sense, given that coronavirus, as a rule, does not pose a serious threat to people who are healthier and younger.
[ZH: In case you need a little more context on the COVID fatality rates, Holger Zschaepitz tweeted the following stunning chart: ]
The DB raid highlights the significant difference between Spanish flu and Covid-19. As for the Spanish flu of 1918, young people of working age were seriously affected. Mortality from pneumonia among US 25-34 year olds was> 50% higher than among 65-74 year olds. Great difference with Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/w5fZPkimMQ
– Holger Zshaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) July 6, 2020
For many leading athletes between the ages of 20 and 30, it makes more sense to worry about being struck by lightning than the presence of a coronavirus. And for athletes involved in outdoor sports, the threat of lightning can be much higher than that of an ordinary person. Many professional athletes, having weighed all the risks, may find it a better decision to stay due to a thunderstorm due to a thunderstorm than to avoid classes and competitions for a long period of time due to anxiety about coronavirus.
This can be an obstacle for professional sports players. stay indoors from time to time for several minutes for a few hours to make sure they not struck by lightningMany of them can find for this overly careful especially if it prevents them from doing what they consider to be especially important or desirable. In comparison, players can see that they are deprived of the opportunity to fight for a significant part of their best sports years — refrain from using and developing the skills with which they have dedicated their lives to mastering — like a tragedy, especially when this restriction is imposed due to an illness that is almost certainly not threatening them with serious negative health consequences.