If I was 20 something and one in the best shape of my life, (and honestly, many of those athletes in the NFL are genetic specimens far superior to the average human body), and all the data that was out there, I might take the risk of a few uncomfortable days for 20 million dollars well before the season starts rather than wait until September when it might cost me 3 or 4 games.... And if I was 20 and looking at a possible multi-million dollar career that was dependent on my college performances I might do the same thing because again, statistically they are very unlikely to have complications or even have much more than mild symptoms. Articles below for those that really like to argue about research and claim that anyone not willingly locking their doors to the world or waiting 18 months for an elected official to tell you it's safe are doing so out of spite or idiocy or because we want to kill Grandma......
I am one of the herd immunity crowds because scientifically that makes the most sense to me over a synthetic put into my body. Some vaccines have their place. I'm not an anti-vaxxer but I do believe our bodies were designed to work better without a lot of other stuff in us. Natural is almost always better than synthetic. I think the vaccine will have its place, especially with the vulnerable, high risk populations. But I think true immunity will come when the virus no longer has a large number of hosts to latch onto.
When children and teens get sick with COVID-19, their symptoms appear to be milder than in adults. There have been very few hospitalizations among people in the U.S. under the age of 19. Research shows that over 90% of children who get sick have very mild to moderate cold-like symptoms that include:
Another research article:
Children are about half as likely as adults to become infected with coronavirus, according to scientists who reviewed data gathered by contact tracing and population screening studies around the world.
The study, which will feed into the debate on when to open schools, found that children and young adults under the age of 20 appear 56% less likely to contract the virus than the over-20s, a finding that supports the idea that children are unlikely to play a major role in spreading the disease.
“It’s preliminary evidence, but the weight of evidence is clear that children appear to be less susceptible to Sars-Cov-2,” said Russell Viner, a professor of adolescent health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and a senior author on the review.