Report: NBA to reduce quarantine period for vaccinated players and staff
Changes are coming to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the federation is set to remove players and coaches from COVID-19 health and safety protocols given testing data showing they no longer pose a risk of transmitting the infection to those in contact close.
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The new protocols, which include vaccinated players, coaches and officials, will reduce the minimum quarantine period from 10 days to six days.
The original rule allowing players to test out of protocol with two negative tests in a 24-hour period will remain unchanged.
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The changes reported are based on research and data from infectious disease experts about how long a person can still spread the virus to close contacts.
The federation has been hit by a flurry of positive tests over the past few weeks, with Commissioner Adam Silver recently revealing that more than 90% of recent positive tests have been of the Omicron variant.
The change in quarantine period may affect some famous players around the league, who are currently complying with health and safety regulations.