This may come as a shock to Europe’s soccer leagues, but the recent outbreak of the Swine Flu in China is being used by some in the United States and other countries to create fear of a global pandemic. It seems that the Chinese Government is concerned about the health issues related to the spread of this deadly disease. The State Department and the United States State Department are closely monitoring the situation. They have even issued a travel warning for travelers to China due to the possibility of Lassa Fever.
Concerns have been raised regarding the possibility of the disease spreading among sports enthusiasts from other countries. It has also been suggested that infected soccer players could attempt to hide their symptoms and join matches elsewhere, jeopardizing the ongoing efforts to contain the epidemic. Many international football teams have been affected by this disease and are trying to figure out the risk factors associated with exposure to the Lassa virus. While there is no evidence that shows exposure to Lassa would necessarily lead to the development of this condition, it is important to remember that the disease was first identified in rural China. Therefore, if the Lassa virus were to spread to well-off urban populations, it would significantly impact the Europe’s footballing community.
So, how does the pandemic would cost Europe’s top football clubs? It is not known how many matches would be postponed due to the disease, but some European clubs have already made contingency plans. Italy and Spain are both currently dealing with a number of World Cup qualification matches due to the Lassa fever outbreak. Other European countries, such as Austria and Switzerland, are also at risk, although the extent of the impact on their schedules is not known. Some of the more prestigious European clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, have all issued statements confirming they are considering various contingency plans in case the pandemic were to affect them.
The Lassa fever outbreak is believed to be still occurring in China, although the disease is believed to have been eradicated in most countries of the world where it is circulating. If the pandemic were to spread to North America, the disease would kill tens of thousands of people, far greater than the numbers killed by the Lassa fever in its native China. Europe’s experts have expressed doubts about the ability of the disease to jump borders, given the prevalence of the strain in the region. Therefore, the likelihood of the disease travelling from Asia to Europe would be low, but experts are not ruled out the possibility. If the disease were to reach the United States and affect a large portion of the footballing community, it would be a serious problem for the sport in that country and could jeopardise the future of the game in the USA.