Changes are taking place in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the league is prepared to remove players and coaches from COVID-19 health and safety protocols as long as test data shows that they are no longer at risk of transmitting an infection to close contacts.
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The new protocols, which will include vaccinated players, coaches and officials, will reduce the minimum quarantine period from 10 days to six.
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 are reportedly based on research and data from infectious disease professionals on how long one remains able to spread the virus to close contacts.
The league has been hit by a string of positive tests in recent weeks, with Commissioner Adam Silver recently revealing that more than 90 percent of recent positive tests are for the Omicron variant.
The change in quarantine period could affect several high-profile players in the league who are currently on health and safety protocols.