Players in the National Football League reported to training camp a week ago and the NFL Players Association has announced how many have positive for COVID-19 since the start of camp with the opt-out deadline looming.
According to Pro Football Talk, the NFLPA has announced 56 players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
While the preferred number would be zero, 56 players is only around 2 percent of players that are currently on the roster of an NFL team. It will be interesting to see whether those numbers can stay low once full-contact practices and games begin.
As for the players who have concerns about the virus, they have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 6 to opt-out of the season. Any player drafted in 2020 or who earned a credited season in 2019 that voluntarily opts out will receive $150,000 salary and their salary will move to the next season. Players who are considered high-risk will receive a $350,000 stipend if they choose to opt-out. All players will continue to have health insurance.
The league will also provide alternate housing for players who live with high-risk individuals that will be played for by the team if a request is made before Week 1 of the regular season.
Reminder: the deadline to opt out of the 2020 season is tomorrow at 4pm ET. pic.twitter.com/fgVLutWvJ3
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 5, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including the NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS temporarily suspended their seasons.
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 4.85 million confirmed cases and 159,000 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.