Sources told ESPN that due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the anxiety currently affecting the NBA has increased. Many players who previously tested positive for the coronavirus have recently tested positive again.
The CDC defines “reinfection” as a person who becomes infected, recovers, and then becomes infected again. There is ongoing research on how long immunity can last, but the CDC said it hopes to contract the coronavirus.
Since last summer, the NBA has announced more than 100 positive tests, but the actual numbers are believed to be much higher since March. Sources told ESPN that in the past nine months, there have been several teams with more than ten players who have tested positive at some point.
Due to less testing work and a higher false positive rate in the early stages of the pandemic, there is a certain degree of uncertainty as to how many players have real positive cases in early 2020, especially during the three-month suspension of the league Sex.
Some players who tested positive for the virus but were asymptomatic a few months ago may be false positives. Some players’ antibody levels have been tested to determine their immunity levels, but there is currently no league-wide program to regularly test these levels.
League officials said that because the nature of the virus is still uncertain, the team and league doctors will evaluate each positive test and player exposure on a case-by-case basis. For example, players who tested positive in the past 90 days are sometimes treated differently from players who tested positive last summer, because the virus may still show up in the system.
The league office, the National Basketball Players Association, the team and agents have been discussing in recent days to consider changing the agreement to limit the spread that caused the three games to be postponed. The league has placed players who have previously contracted the virus (Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and Bam Adebayor in Miami are two examples) in a week of health and safety isolation.
According to the current CDC guidelines, the duration of immunity after COVID-1
ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon contributed to this story.