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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mets, Yankees, MLB will participate in Covid-19 study

This is interesting. supposedly it isn't supposed to see how quick the sport can open but to cross section the US and see how far spread Covid-19 is.

From the NY POST
Major League Baseball employees will take part in a study testing as many as 10,000 persons for coronavirus antibodies, according to multiple reports. The study will be conducted by Stanford University, USC, and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory.

The data from the study will not provide a timeline for MLB to get back on the field as the coronavirus pandemic has halted the league since March 12. According to The Post’s Joel Sherman, employees from the Yankees and Mets are among the 27 out of 30 MLB teams that are participating in the study. The 10,000 employees will vary from players, members of the front office, ushers and other stadium workers.

Researchers are trying to gain a better sense of how widespread the coronavirus is throughout the country. A rapid antibody test will be administered using kits that draw blood from a finger and provide results within a matter of minutes. The tests will determine if participants have contracted the coronavirus even if they were asymptomatic.
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Each team has a medical designee who will take pictures of the results to be collected and sent to researchers within days. Surveys will also be taken, asking people their gender, their age, where they live, their ethnicity and social and economic background factors that will help the study.

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