Sports on the Sidelines: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for April 23

(CNN)The NFL Draft starts tonight, virtually. But will the season start with or without spectators? CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta explores the significance of the suspension of most sports due to Covid-19 and the proposed strategies for returning to play.

You can listen on your favorite podcast app or read the transcript below.
Magic Johnson (at CNN town hall): Stay at home, watch your TV shows, watch old NBA games. I've been watching NBA TV, the old classic games and also, you know, bingeing out on all my TV shows that I like as well.
    Dr. Gupta: You were a lot of those NBA classic games, by the way Magic, as well, so you're seeing yourself a lot, I imagine.
      Dr. Gupta: That was me speaking with Magic Johnson at a CNN town hall. For the first time in modern history, we're living in a country without sports.
      No season openers, no championships. No fans in stadiums.
      Sports reporters, like rugby commentator Nick Heath, have had to get creative.
        Rugby commentator Nick Heath (on Twitter): In the meantime, you join me live at sunny Tooting Commons as Mike O'Connell looks to put in another impressive showing here in the Daily Dodge. Classic approach to leave the house in gym kit, looking like he's exercising, but he's not fooling wife Deborah when he comes back, having not broken a sweat ...
        Dr. Gupta: After the NBA suspended its season, most major sports organizations in the US followed suit. And it's not just athletes and team employees left to wonder what's next -- it's also meant unemployment for thousands of arena workers and businesses that support the nations' sports teams and events.
        In a way, sports -- or the lack of them - serve as a litmus test for how serious this pandemic is.
        Serious enough that President Trump has included commissioners from all the major US sports leagues on an advisory board to reopen the country.
        In this episode, I talk about the impact of shutting down sports -- and what it would take for games to resume.
        I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent. And this is "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction."
        NBA Announcer (March 11): The game tonight has been postponed. You are all safe.
        Dr. Gupta: That was March 11th, when an announcer called off the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz game just before tip-off.
        Most of us remember that day -- it was the day President Trump announced the travel restrictions from Europe, the day Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson said they tested positive for Covid-19... And the day the NBA suspended the rest of the season after Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz center, had tested positive for the virus.
        You may remember Gobert as the player who touched all the microphones at a Utah Jazz media event as a prank. He didn't know he was positive at the time, and later apologized for it.
        I'm a huge basketball fan myself, so I was crushed when I heard the news of the NBA suspension. But of course, public health comes first.
        CNN Sports Analyst Christine Brennan: To me, that really was the watershed moment in the entire coronavirus -- Covid-19 conversation, and not just in sports, but in our culture.
        Dr. Gupta: Christine Brennan has been covering sports for three decades. She says she hasn't seen anything like this in her entire career.
        Brennan: I think it woke the nation and the world, frankly, up to the significance and the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.
        Dr. Gupta: After the NBA suspended its season, it was like a domino effect -- Major League Soccer and the NHL have suspended their seasons for now. While Major League Baseball is hoping to open its season in May, according to ESPN. And the NCAA canceled its spring and winter championships.
        As a Wolverine (go Blue!) I love March Madness. It's one of my favorite times of the year
        I even had tickets to the Final Four this year, so I was really disappointed when t