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Multiple NBA Players Test Positive for COVID-19 Twice

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Multiple players who have previously tested positive for the coronavirus have recently tested positive for a second time, sources told ESPN. The CDC defines “reinfection” as a person getting infected, recovering, and then later becoming infected again. There are ongoing studies about how long immunity might last, but the CDC says it expects some coronavirus reinfections.

The NBA has declared more than 100 positive tests since last summer, though the actual number is believed to be significantly higher. Several teams have more than 10 players who have tested positive at some point over the past nine months. Since testing was less available early in the pandemic, and there were higher rates of false positives, there is a level of uncertainty as to how many players had true positive cases early in 2020.

A few players who tested positive for the virus but were asymptomatic months ago could actually have been false positives. Some players have been tested for antibody levels to determine their level of immunity. There isn’t currently a leaguewide procedure in place to regularly test for those levels.

The league office, National Basketball Players Association, teams, and agents have been recently discussing possible changes in protocol in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 that has already caused three games to be postponed. The league has already placed players who previously had the virus, such as Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant and Miami’s Bam Adebayo, into weeklong health and safety quarantines after exposure to an infected person over the fear of reinfection or spreading the virus.

Source: ESPN