Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two of their players had tested positive for COVID-19, or the coronavirus. On the day that they got tested, the team entered a two-week self-quarantine.
That quarantine ended on Tuesday, and according to the Lakers, none of their players are currently showing symptoms of having the coronavirus.
Lakers send update saying that players completed 14-day home isolation today. “All Lakers players are currently symptom-free of COVID-19. The team will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines set by government offcials, the Lakers and the NBA.”— Bill Oram (@billoram) March 31, 2020
While that’s obviously wonderful news, it should be noted that the two players that tested positive for the coronavirus were asymptomatic when they tested positive, too. In other words, just because someone isn’t showing symptoms of having the virus doesn’t mean they don’t have it, which is why it’s so important to self-quarantine right now.
The Lakers never released the names of the players that tested positive, but if we’re being honest, it was no one’s business to begin with. The important thing is that they took the appropriate steps after testing positive, and that’s they’re okay now.
The Lakers and the rest of California will continue to self-quarantine because of the stay home order that the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, enacted on March 19. Even if the Lakers didn’t have to stay at home, they couldn’t go anywhere to work out if they wanted to because all gyms and team practice facilities are closed until further notice.
Ultimately, everyone’s playing the waiting game right now, whether that’s to watch NBA basketball again or to see their family for the first time in a while. It’s not easy, but if we all do our part to flatten the coronavirus curve, things will hopefully start to feel normal sooner rather than later.
For more information on how you can protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.