NBA exploring rapid coronavirus testing as first step toward possible return

NBA exploring rapid coronavirus testing as first step toward possible return

The NBA is taking an important step in its preparation for a return.

The league and its Players Association have been looking jointly into the viability of multiple blood-testing devices for the coronavirus, according to ESPN. Testing is seen as a key step in restarting the season at some point.

The hope is the test can provide an accurate reading in minutes to help insure the safety of players, staff and others. The test, according to the report, would likely involve the prick of a finger. Abbott Laboratories is already shipping Food and Drug Administration approved rapid-response tests across the U.S., according to the Washington Post. Those tests can deliver results in five to 13 minutes.

ESPN described the NBA’s inquiry into this area as in the exploratory phase.

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