NBA cuts Covid-19 isolation time as dozens of tests are positive

The NBA has changed its coronavirus protocols to allow players and coaches who have tested positive but are asymptomatic to return to th...


The NBA has changed its coronavirus protocols to allow players and coaches who have tested positive but are asymptomatic to return to their squads earlier as an increase in cases has depleted several teams of their top players.

The new rules will also allow people with a low viral load to follow the new protocol, even if they are still positive, according to a note obtained by the New York Times.

Players and coaches who test positive or inconclusive will be able to return after six days of isolation instead of 10 if they are asymptomatic by then and meet infectivity testing requirements.

The NBA and its players union have agreed on the new rules.

To get out of isolation in a shorter time, players and coaches should test with a sufficiently low viral load on the fifth and sixth days after their first positive tests.

Players and coaches can also get out of isolation by one of the previous two methods – by self-isolating for 10 days and showing no symptoms, or by returning two negative tests 24 hours apart.

The NBA’s announcement coincided with the CDC’s recommendation on Monday that isolation times be reduced to five days instead of 10 for people without symptoms.

More than 100 players entered the league’s health and safety protocols – triggered by a positive or inconclusive coronavirus test, or potential exposure – in December alone, with the Omicron variant sweeping the league. The league has increased testing for several days after Thanksgiving, resulting in an increase in cases, and will now begin another period of increased testing after Christmas Day.

Several teams competed without several key players due to coronavirus protocols. The Nets beat the Los Angeles Lakers over Christmas despite missing seven players due to protocols, including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed five games while in protocols but erased just in time for his team’s Christmas game.

The Atlantic Coast Conference – one of the Power 5 leagues in college sports – also announced on Monday that it had added two options to shorten the isolation of those vaccinated.

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