The NBA is going to reduce the required quarantine period for players who test positive for COVID-19, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The agreement – which must be ratified by the NBA and NBPA – would bring the number of required quarantine days from ten to six.
Over the past few weeks, nearly 100 NBA players have entered Health & Safety Protocols, per Forbes.
More than 95% of NBA players were fully vaccinated on October 1, per NBA.com.
If the NBA is any indication, the Omicron variant – which accounts for 73% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. – is largely resistant to vaccines.
Still, the CDC asserts that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness onset by coronavirus infection.
Many of the NBA’s infected players have reportedly been asymptomatic – which may contribute to the League wanting to shorten the number of required quarantine days.
Of course, the NBA has an ethical responsibility to heed the advice of virologists on the matter.
Currently, doctors are studying the incubation period and transmissibility of the Omicron variant.