NBA: The NBA bubble, on alert for a false positive for coronavirus

NBA The player, who belongs to the Kings, must be isolated two days and give negative in two consecutive tests

Kings players clash hands during a game.

The Kings have had to quarantine a player for two days after the coronavirus test he underwent last Wednesday yielded the inconclusive result. The franchise expects Thursday’s and Friday’s tests to be negative and it will be able to play against the Spurs in their team’s first game in the Disney World bubble, which is on alert until the results are known.

According to the medical protocols established by the NBA, inconclusive or false positive tests, which are usually given in five out of every 1,000 tests, require the person involved to have two consecutive negative tests in the following 48 hours. The teams had already shown their concern about such a case, which could cause some player to miss a match. The League has been working with doctors and scientists to find a way to safely shorten that 48-hour quarantine period, but there are technological and scientific limitations.

The NBA has not yet had a positive case for COVID-19 within the bubble. Those of the last two weeks were all negative. At the Kings, however, there were three players who tested positive: Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len. The franchise was forced to close its training facilities in early July. In addition, Richaun Holmes was quarantined while on the Orlando campus for leaving him to go out and pick up a food order.

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