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Should Cat Fans Head Down to Nashville For the SEC Tournament?

By Dr. John Huang

CORONAVIRUS ALERT! Unless you’ve been renting room in a monastery, you won’t go more than three minutes without hearing some gloom and doom update about COVID-19, especially as it relates to sporting events like the SEC Tournament.

There’s a ton of misinformation about the illness out on the airwaves, so I thought I’d give you the only piece of information you really need to know when it comes to whether or not you should follow the Cats down to Nashville or not.

Granted, isn’t the first place people come for reliable, quality healthcare information, but given the medical background of the Huang brothers, I thought I’d at least try to give you our two cents worth. As fans, we know how much you love those Wildcats!

Here’s the bottom line. There are two main reasons not to go to the SEC Tournament.

1. If you are sick, stay home. Don’t leave your house. Certainly, if you have (or have had) in the past couple of weeks, a fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath–you should definitely not venture to Nashville. The biggest fear in all of this is that someone who has been infected with the virus goes out and unwittingly infects others. A cozy venue like Bridgestone Arena with 20,000 people packed into a confined space is certainly cause for concern.

2. If you are elderly, with a history of serious respiratory illnesses–or if your immune system is compromised in any way–you should also stay home. Although young healthy adults and children appear to recover well from this virus, it can be deadly to those who are elderly and weakened.

If you don’t have either of these conditions, it’s up to your individual discretion whether to go or not. Just remember, this is first and foremost a public health issue. It’s not just your own individual health you are dealing with, think about those you will subsequently come in contact with when you return if indeed you do catch the virus. We’re talking a disease that is fairly easily spread and for which there is yet no vaccine.

If you do go, I’d encourage you to utilize all the common sense approaches we’ve been told to employ. Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, and avoid handshakes and hugs. If you start to feel sick, immediately go home and seek medical care.

Otherwise, just enjoy yourself, try not to obsess about it…AND CHEER ON THE CATS!

Dr. John Huang
Dr. John Huang is a retired orthodontist and military veteran. As a lifelong Wildcat fan, a fledgling author, and an occasional guest host of Just the Cats Radio, he's now living out his dream as a UK Sports columnist. Dr. Huang also covers professional sports on a regional level. You can follow him on Twitter @KYHuangs or contact him If you enjoy his writing, you can also read more at

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