The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has forced the NBA to suspend the season with several NBA players testing positive for the new Coronavirus strain. This is after soccer, and other top-flight leagues also suspended their games due to the ongoing crisis.
Initially, several teams had put measures to curb the transmission of the deadly disease. One of them is the Golden State Warriors, who had barred fans from their facility. But considering the high-transmission rate of the respiratory infection, the association reached an agreement to suspend the season abruptly. All stakeholders have welcomed the decision as the pandemic is getting out of hand, especially in the US. The aim right now is to prevent further transmission as we await a solution.
NBA Players with Coronavirus
To make it worse, several NBA players have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. Pistons’ Christian Wood, Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, and another unnamed player have all tested positive for Covid-19. The three have all been quarantined. The rest of the team members have been advised to self-isolate as a precautionary measure.
And it’s not just NBA players who have been affected. Premier League club Arsenal confirmed their head coach tested positive, and so has Chelsea and several other top-flight soccer clubs, including Sampdoria and Juventus whose players have tested positive.
Covid-19 is a novel Coronaviruses that attacks the respiratory system just like the previous viruses from the family, i.e. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome). What makes it worse is the high chances of transmission via respiratory droplets and close contact with infected people. So far, there is no known cure or vaccine for this novel Coronavirus. But scientists all over are busy testing some vaccines and potential treatments, but it will undoubtedly take time before something substantial comes along.
In the meantime, players are continuing with individual training while others are supporting the cause financially.