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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Repeated coronavirus testing key to MLB reopening

We hope that we will be able to convince the vast majority of our players that it’s safe to return to work,” Manfred said. “The protocols for returning to play, the health-related protocols, are about 80 pages in length. They’re extraordinarily detailed.

“So we hope that we’ll be able to convince them that it’s safe. At the end of the day, however, if there’s a player with either health conditions or just their own personal doubts, we would never try to force them to come back to work. They can wait until they feel they’re ready to come.”

The protocols, Manfred said, include everything from the cleanliness of chartered flights between series to reduced exposure by players to stadium workers. But testing will be the key to it all working, he said.

“All of our players would be tested multiple times a week—PCR testing to determine whether or not they have the virus,” Manfred said, referring to the polymerase chain reaction tests that would be shipped to the SMRTL lab in Utah and processed in 24 hours. “That testing would be supplemented less frequently by antibody testing as well.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2020 at 10:46 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: May 18, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5951742)
Aw, can't they get the tests they used in Tanzania that said a goat and a paupau (a sort of melon-banana hybrid fruit) had the virus?

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