WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- National Basketball League (NBA) players will have the option to wear a “smart ring,” a device that can discover pertinent COVID-19 symptoms in advance as the league will start to reopen in July.
- Aside from the rings, the league is also exploring a software that could track the health status of its players and staff.
- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN that players who will not be participating in the reopening will not be punished.
In preparation for the reopening of the National Basketball Association (NBA) league in July at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, players will have the option to wear a “smart ring,” a tool that could detect COVID-19 symptoms.
Manufactured by the Oura Company, the rings can measure body temperature, heart rate and respiratory functions — which could all provide early signal of potential coronavirus infection.
According to Oura, the rings could predict the inception of the symptoms for up to three days in advance with an accuracy rate of about 90 percent.
Being the host of the league, Disney will also distribute MagicBands to the players, the same bands given to resort guests for hotel access and payment for necessities. The NBA wishes and explores to use it, though, for contact tracing purposes as well in case someone using it gets infected. In this case, the players’ health status will be the only information to be gathered by Disney. Players’ personal health information will remain confidential.
According to CNBC, the league said that it is checking for an available software that could monitor the health status of the players and employees such as displaying green or red signal in their bands every time they access Disney’s facilities.
The league will provide medical equipment like pulse oximeters to monitor blood oxygen saturation and smart thermometer to all its players and personnel. In addition, CNBC reported that all teams and staff will have a small device that would trigger an alarm when they come in close contact with another person for more than five seconds.
The NBA Players Association has formally given the go signal to the plan. However, the league said that any player or personnel who avoids undergoing daily health monitoring “will be prohibited from engaging in group activities until the monitoring is accomplished and/or may be required to leave the campus permanently.”
Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that players who opt not to join won’t be charged of any punishment.
“It will entail enormous sacrifice for everyone involved… Listen, it’s not an ideal situation trying to find our new normal in the middle of a pandemic… I can understand how some players feel it’s not for them,” Silver said during his ESPN interview on Monday.
Source: The Hill