NBA Players Told to Stop High-Fiving, Autographing for Fans Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


With over 40 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States, NBA players are reportedly being asked to alter how they interact with fans.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN, the league sent a memo to teams advising them to help in preventing the spread of Coronavirus:

"Among the NBA's short-term recommendations to teams in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, players should utilize fist-bumps over high-fives with fans and avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys to autograph, according to a memo to teams obtained by ESPN."

It's not hard to imagine how quickly the virus could spread through an arena with 20,000 fans, give or take, if one person unknowingly attends a game with Coronavirus. One thing in control of each team is limiting contact between players - who will, of course, share a ball and high fives, among other things, with each other during the game - and fans who theoretically could be sick.

The Center For Disease Control currently says that as of March 2, there are 43 cases of Coronavirus in the United States, spread across 10 different states. Two Americans have been killed by what's medically referred to as COVID-19.

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