When the New York Giants go to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys they will also be facing fears of contracting the Ebola virus.
Fearbola, a term explained in an earlier Inquisitr report, seems to have seeped into the NFL.
According to Bleacher Report, the New York Giants are taking every precaution ahead of their trip to Dallas on Sunday and to this end have provided medical personnel with more information about the virus and have held briefing sessions with members of the team.
ESPN had reported that prior to this the NFL had sent an informational letter to all team doctors and trainers that contains basic facts about the virus so that they then can pass on the memo to the players. The NFL said the letter was written by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, who consults with the league on infectious diseases.
There have been three confirmed cases of the disease in Dallas, but some New York Giants players do not seem overly concerned.
“I’m not worried about myself or the team,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “With what we’re doing and where we’re staying, I think we’ll be fine.”
The team is well aware of the disease and has been following the national coverage, so it is a part of the players’ consciousness as they prepare for the trip.
“I think guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this, because why take a chance?” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “But I think the team is doing a good job making sure we have all of the information we need.”
The two doctors who signed the newsletter sent to NFL teams advised that they did not need to screen players or staff to make sure they have not had close contact with anyone who traveled to or from areas where Ebola is now endemic.
“We do recommend that medical personnel educate their players and staff about the need to inform club medical personnel in the unlikely event that they actually have such contact,” the doctors wrote.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn’t seem too concerned about Ebola.
“I don’t think it has directly affected us. So it hasn’t been something we have addressed directly with our players,” he said.
The Giants and Cowboys are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.
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