As student-athletes begin returning to campus amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama football program is the latest to be impacted by COVID-19. According to reports, “at least” five members of the Crimson Tide have tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to Tuscaloosa.
“I’m told the players were tested Tuesday, practiced together Wednesday, and received the positive results today (Thurs). Source tells me that no players showed symptoms/signs,” Simone Eli of CBS 42 wrote on Twitter. “Further, I’m told that nearly 50 players were together yesterday on the band field. (As we saw in many videos) Those players ‘should’ be in quarantine moving forward, source says.
“Source did not specify names, nor did I ask. Did say it was one lineman, a couple skill position players and one quarterback.”
No other details are available at this time.
Earlier this week, it was reported that “multiple” members of the Oregon State football program had also tested positive for COVID-19.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 100,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.