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James Ham: With the Thunder having a “health and safety” outbreak as we speak, I asked Tyrese Haliburton if he would ever consider wearing a mask on the floor, since he is one of the few Kings players not to get covid already. “No chance, zero percent chance, no chance.” -via Twitter @James_HamNBA / December 27, 2021
This reduction in quarantine time is expected to immediately impact the status of numerous players who are already in the league’s health and safety protocols. For players, you’re considered to have tested positive on Day Zero, so a player would actually be back to play on the seventh day if he meets this new standard. Data shows that boosted individuals continue to clear the virus out of their system at a far more rapid rate than those who aren’t, league sources told ESPN. -via ESPN / December 27, 2021
The decision to shorten the quarantine to six days, sources said, is based upon expert research and data — including the league’s own — that shows no one with a cycle threshold (CT) over 35 has shown to be infectious again after five or six days, sources said. CT measures how many times a test has to cycle to find the virus in an individual. For example, a 35 CT is fainter than a 20 CT. The NBA and NBPA has relied on data from its own infectious disease experts, the CDC and models and research in the United Kingdom. -via ESPN / December 27, 2021