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New polls (epidemiologists, Nets fans) suggest caution about returning to large venues

The extant caution, given no cure or vaccine for coronavirus, about returning to large venues for professional sports and other events is confirmed in two recent polls.

When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again, the New York Times reported yesterday, citing "the personal opinions of a group of 511 epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists," asked to assume "that the pandemic and the public health response to it unfold as they expect."

A significant majority, 64%, said it would take more than a year--and that, of course, could be longer--for them to attend a sporting event, concert, or play. Only 32% said they'd do so in 3 to 12 months. That said, only 1% ruled it out completely, which suggests they expect progress.

An (unscientific, of course) poll on NetsDaily showed that only 27% of Nets fans would return to Barclays Center as soon as it opens, while 30% want to wait for a vaccine, which is under development but of course uncertain.

By contrast, 43% said they'd be fine watching games on TV "for the foreseeable future," a posture that, of course, could change were a vaccine developed.