A breakdown of why and how certain members of society are getting tested at different rates.
“We didn’t know exactly what the situation was once we got the one positive test, we didn’t know what the extent of that was,” Oklahoma State Department of Health commissioner Gary Cox said. “So you certainly do want to concentrate on those that have close personal contact with a positive case, and in this case very close contact as far as traveling and things of that nature.”
“Using the test results, we were able to take immediate precautions and strictly isolate the players who tested positive,” the statement continued. “If we had waited for players to exhibit symptoms, they might have continued to pose a risk to their family, friends and the public. Our hope is that by drawing attention to the critical need for testing asymptomatic positive carriers, we can begin to contain the spread and save lives.”
The NBA had a plan in place
“There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection from the Coronavirus. Please remind players and team personnel preventative actions to reduce the spread of the flu apply to the spread of all viruses, including the Coronavirus.” This warning is partly responsible for the quick testing players received.
Silver also discussed the crisis during this year’s All-Star Weekend in Chicago back in February noting:
“[The Coronavirus has] moved to the top of virtually everyone’s agenda,” he said. “I mean, particularly in the Wuhan province. It’s almost hard for us to be having conversations about the broadcasting of games when there’s a major national, if not global, health crisis happening.”
The Coronavirus is a deadly disease that will certainly change the way we all look at life going forward. There is no concrete timeline as to when we can return to some sort of normalcy. NBA Players and athletes in general have been able to use medical resources to their advantage. That said, the NBA administrators simply had better foresight than the federal government. For a league that was told to “shut up and dribble”, they showed us why the NBA community is a leading organization and should be commended for their efforts.
The NBA may have an easier time gaining access to tests, but they are not immune from the disease entirely. Recently, Karl-Anthony Towns posted a message regarding his mother who was in a medically-induced coma due to the Coronavirus. Since that time, his father has also been diagnosed with the virus. Joel Embiid, who has antagonized Towns in the past, has posted encouraging words online and it is that kind of morale and support we must extend as a country and quite frankly, as a species, as we begin the next chapter of our lives.