N.B.A., Responding to Coronavirus, Encourages Fist Bumps Over High-Fives

Written by on March 2, 2020

The N.B.A. despatched a memo to groups on Sunday advising them on easy methods to deal with the fast unfold of the coronavirus, because the loss of life toll in the US has risen to 6 — all in Washington State. Among the many league’s suggestions was that gamers ought to go for fist bumps as a substitute of high-fives when interacting with followers. The memo additionally instructed gamers steer clearing of borrowing objects like pens and markers from followers when signing autographs.

The memo was first reported by ESPN.

Most of the suggestions within the memo are the identical as ones from the federal government, reminiscent of: “Wash your arms usually with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds” and “Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril, and mouth.”

The memo additionally says that the league and the gamers’ union are “intently monitoring the coronavirus state of affairs, together with by consulting with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and dealing with infectious illness consultants.”

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that originated in China and has contaminated tens of 1000’s on a number of continents. It has stirred unrest in lots of nations, and its unfold has coincided with a precipitous drop within the inventory market.

Many of the league’s memo is informational in nature — itemizing the signs of the virus and noting that it’s at the moment not treatable. Final month, Huang Ping, the Chinese language consul basic, thanked the N.B.A. for donating $1.four million to Hubei Province, the middle of the coronavirus, to assist struggle the unfold of the illness.

The league has been affected in different methods by the sickness. On the All-Star Recreation in Chicago final month, Commissioner Adam Silver famous that a number of journalists from China had not been in a position to journey to the sport due to journey restrictions associated to the virus.

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