Nuggets players begin mandatory coronavirus testing

Most teams around the league — specifically the 22 that have been invited by the NBA to resume the 2019-20 season at Disney in Florida — will be going through something similar to what is described below by the Denver Post:

Tuesday marks the most formal operations the NBA has seen since the coronavirus abruptly forced a stoppage in play more than 100 days ago.

All Nuggets players and staffers will undergo mandatory coronavirus testing beginning Tuesday, which includes a high-sensitivity PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and a high-sensitivity serology/antibody test. Players, team staffers and even Nuggets officials who aren’t planning on traveling to Orlando to resume the season must undergo the testing.

PCR testing (nasal swabs) will be conducted every other day for the duration of the season, in addition to daily health monitoring such as temperature checks. The antibody test will be repeated in the event of a positive test.

It’s crunch time. We’re now in a crucial period. It’s certainly quite possible that over the next few days, some players likely will test positive for coronavirus. If it’s managed correctly, such results won’t hinder the league’s attempt to resume play in late July as planned.

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