NBA informs groups that antibody take a look at added to return protocol

Amid issues amongst groups over the potential for false positives impacting gamers getting back from COVID-19, the NBA on Wednesday up to date its protocols so as to add an antibody take a look at for gamers and employees who’ve recovered from the virus, in keeping with a memo obtained by ESPN.

As a result of individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 can nonetheless have useless virus of their system be detected by exams, the league has now included the antibody take a look at as a part of its requirements for gamers and employees getting back from the virus, in keeping with the memo, obtained by ESPN.

Because the league has resumed play contained in the league’s bubble at Walt Disney World Resort, groups have fearful concerning the potential for distinguished gamers to have false optimistic exams — significantly throughout the postseason, sources informed ESPN. On a current name with the league’s normal managers, the query of what would occur if a false optimistic take a look at takes place on a sport day was raised to the league, sources mentioned.

At the least one participant who contracted COVID-19, recovered and was subsequently cleared to journey to Orlando, registered a number of damaging exams in Orlando and cleared quarantine upon arrival, later examined optimistic, sources mentioned.

A number of gamers, together with Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, have already returned to follow with their groups in Orlando. Others, like Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook and Kings ahead Harrison Barnes, are nonetheless at dwelling recovering from the virus, with their return dates to be decided.

The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, laid out 4 steps every particular person has to clear in an effort to not be restricted from taking part with their groups.

  • At the least 14 days should have handed from the latter of their first optimistic take a look at or the decision of their signs.

  • Passing two damaging PCR exams at the least 24 hours aside.

  • They need to return a optimistic antibody take a look at throughout the final 30 days.

  • They need to go a damaging speedy coronavirus take a look at earlier than participating in any shut, bodily contact with different individuals.

These steps had been created after evaluation by infectious illness consultants and epidemiologists after session with each the NBA and the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation.

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