The high-profile cases of coronavirus in the NFL continue to pile up. According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford has tested positive for COVID-19.
The news comes shortly after it was reported that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson returned a positive test.
The good news for both men is that they are asymptomatic.
As a result of Stafford’s positive test, he has been placed on the team’s COVID list and will have to pass multiple tests before he is able to return to the team. Stafford is the first starting quarterback to test positive for the virus.
Other high-profile players to test positive for coronavirus are Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Denver Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller.
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 4.4 confirmed cases and 152,000 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.