A new measure of the NBA to save the season

On Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves played without their usual five starters. That did not prevent them from winning against the Boston Celtics, also deprived of several major players. COVID-19 is spreading at full speed in the NBA. And positive athletes or contact cases – and therefore obliged to follow the health protocol put in place by the league – are more and more numerous. More than 200 cases in December alone!

The workforce does not look like anything at times and that obviously impacts the results. Suddenly, the NBA has implemented new measures. The franchises were first allowed to sign players to replace those who found themselves excluded from the group because exposed to the virus.

This is not enough. The union and the owners have agreed to also shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated players. Until then fixed at ten days, it will be shortened to one week (or to two consecutive negative tests in 24 hours). A small change which should however allow some pros – and some stars – to return to the court more quickly.

If the primary motivation for this reform probably remains economic, in order to avoid posters without the main players who attract crowds and sell tickets, it is also based on scientific data. Indeed, experts have shown that vaccinated people would ship the virus out of their body in seven days.

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