WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The NBA has been in control in as far as minimizing COVID-19 across all teams and its players.
- The league makes sure that its players receive the necessary screening tests for the coronavirus.
- Currently, there’s a shortage of testing kits in the U.S, and health authorities are still on the process of acquiring more.
The NBA has shown its capacity to control the coronavirus epidemic from their end, in full measure. The association was the first major professional sports league to suspend its season following the COVID-19 diagnosis of Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert.
Immediately after its first case of coronavirus, the NBA has been screening many players to curb the spread of coronavirus in the league.
NBA’s access to testing facilities, as it may seem, shows contrasting realities. The U.S, in general, is short with testing kits for coronavirus, and even some hospitals don’t even have sufficient facilities to check the more susceptible patients.
While the public expects health facilities like local drugstores to have testing kits available, it apparently does not have stocks, making most people vulnerable.
Since the NBA is seemingly not bothered with this shortage, some people are questioning why the limited test facilities are made available to healthier people or athletes who can easily recover from the symptoms of coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Mike Bass, a spokesperson for the NBA, tried to shed light on the issues concerning the tests.
The NBA’s communication executive explained that given how much players are exposed and interact with their colleagues and the general public, they have more tendency to transmit the virus more than other individuals.
Bass also added that if a player gets infected, it will make the general public aware that the virus should be taken seriously.
Some may argue, though, that it’s not difficult to trace NBA players when equated to the general public’s movements. Almost every NBA players’ activities can be tracked through their schedules.
Health professionals could know right away who these players have interacted with and who is potentially a carrier of the coronavirus. Once verified, these people can be advised to undergo self- quarantine to help prevent the spread of the infection.
Moreover, NBA athletes have a lower risk of developing a serious complication because of the coronavirus. Tests should have been made more available for older people who are immunodeficient, not with young, and fit individuals.
It is the general population that would benefit most for the testing kits since they are susceptible to getting the COVID-19.
While the U.S health authorities are working on the production and availability of more test kits, the shortage remains to be a problem.
Although public figures getting diagnosed and going under isolation can help minimize the spread of the coronavirus, those who are at high risk should be given priority with the tests.
Such isn’t happening so far, and it’s still uncertain whether it gets to change soon.