The first professional sports players to contract the coronavirus have been cleared medically by the Utah Department of Health. Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive on March 11th, which led to extensive testing across the league. That testing has been criticized as showing privilege for the wealthy and celebrities, but it also provides a glimpse into the disease’s characteristics.
10 NBA players have been found to have the illness or two percent of the league. Epidemiologists from Stanford University are arguing that means the coronavirus is far more contagious than initially thought and significantly less deadly. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya say that if two percent of the overall population has the disease, roughly 6.6 million people, then the mortality rate from the coronavirus is one-tenth that of influenza. This line of thinking is why the estimated death toll from the disease is cratering, something officially endorsed by Dr. Deborah Birx from the White House Coronavirus task force.