Touchdown! Doctor Helps Lead NFL COVID Program
Jul 23, 2021
Monique Binkley Smith
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Fans of professional football owe Navdeep Singh, M.D., former chief medical executive for Sutter’s Eden Medical Center and a team doctor for the Raiders for 10 years, a debt of gratitude for helping keep their favorite teams playing throughout the 2020 season—despite the pandemic.

Dr. Navdeep Singh

Navdeep Singh, M.D.

Dr. Singh joined the National Football League’s Health and Safety Committee last August. As a member of the committee, he supported the NFL’s COVID-19 testing and monitoring program that led the NFL to a successful 2020 season without any games canceled.

“The daily habit of masking and avoidance of unnecessary indoor interaction, in particular in-person meetings and eating meals together, were key. These measures, in conjunction with daily COVID testing followed by immediate isolation of confirmed cases and quarantine of close contacts in a highly organized, collaborative environment…was the foundation for containing the virus,” says Dr. Singh.

Dr. Singh also helped author an article for the Annals of Internal Medicine about the large-scale daily testing program that monitored players and staff of 32 NFL teams in 24 states and focused on early detection, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

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