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Maybe we should put Alex Miceli on double-secret probation

Retired physician sets record straight on coronavirus testing amid golf’s season restart

As a retired physician, I have watched the past 13 weeks with fascination and a feeling of being in the medical version of “Animal House.”

Reader Charlie Jurgonis commented on Alex Miceli’s writing from a perspective of people taking personal responsibility, and I'm all for that (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 12). But the point missed is that Miceli made a significant factual error in what he wrote (“2020 Colonial: PGA Tour players struggle with 6-footers,” June 11).

Miceli wrote: Being tested simply means that at that moment in time one is not symptomatic. At any point afterward, the recently tested patient could become infected and thus unknowingly run the risk of spreading the disease to others.

Testing does not mean the person is not symptomatic. It means there is no virus detected in the person's saliva. For that person to then spread the virus (for the moment ignoring the very important issue of false negatives), he would need to become infected, and incubate the virus long enough for viral “shedding” to take place, which, at a minimum, is at least four days.

Part of the problem in public is not having any idea who actually might be infected and shedding the virus, so social distancing is clearly warranted. When everyone is tested daily before the round, the relative risk of infecting one another is extremely low. But, that applies only to the people whom you know have been tested, such as players and caddies. Interacting with others whom you don't know about is risky. When it comes to media people, I'd suggest social distancing (OK, not a medical opinion).

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.
(Dea is a retired physician who specialized in psychiatry and neurology.)

The lovable Alex Miceli and ‘variety of his musings’
What happened to our favorite curmudgeon?

Alex Miceli took the PGA Tour and the pros to the proverbial woodshed about social distancing in his column Thursday (“2020 Colonial: PGA Tour players struggle with 6-footers,” June 11). And then on Friday, he gave some love to the players for playing well at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial (“2020 Colonial: Justin Rose shifts into gear,” June 12).

A stinging commentary one day and then a hug the next.

Gotta love the guy and the variety of his musings.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

Alex Miceli delivers daily dose of tripe
In my humble opinion, Alex Miceli should not have a platform to create chaos and conflict in his daily messaging (“2020 Colonial: PGA Tour players struggle with 6-footers,” June 11).

Miceli is supposed to be a golf expert, but most of his comments appear slanted toward the social hype of the day: police brutality, racism, political upheaval, financial crisis, viral pandemic, etc.

Miceli must realize that the negative gloom and doom he projects brings anxiety to many of us who enjoy Morning Read. We should look forward to positive, uplifting messages, not the tripe that Miceli continues to write.

Peter M. Hummel
Tampa, Fla.

It’s time for change in professional golf
Thank you to Farrell Evans for writing such an insightful article (“Unrest in America has me thinking about golf, our country and an artist whom I once knew,” June 5). It hit all the right notes.

It is horrendous that the professional-golf establishment consistently has buried its elitist head in the sand when it comes to the issue of race in its environment. Management and the majority of its professional-tour players stand mute on the subject. Even the guys whom we know stand for equality still do not do enough to champion the organization for "black rights."

Tiger Woods, who has done so much to make so many white millionaires on the PGA Tour, has endured a tremendous amount of backlash due to his marriage problems. But then again, he hasn't always stepped up to the front to champion against black injustice. I hate to point the finger at one person out there, because there are so many who could do so much good, if only they would overcome their fears and get off the fence.

I look forward to the day when we all can look on the PGA Tour and see black players who are just as good as any white player finally competing after being denied for far too long.

Elijah Johnson
Lancaster, Calif.

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