For all the major sports to return testing for Covid 19 and the frequency of those tests have been paramount. For example, just look at the current NFL and NFLPA return to play negotiations. One of the current sticking points is the frequency of player testing. Testing is going on every day on the NBA “Campus”, as well as in the MLS “Bubble”. There are weekly tests given to drivers in NASCAR and golfer and caddies on the PGA Tour. But just how accurate are these tests?
Just last week the Toronto FC's MLS is Back Tournament game against D.C. United, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed after D.C. posted a positive coronavirus test and Toronto had one inconclusive.
A positive for Jimmie Johnson test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test. He never suffered any symptoms and was tested only after his wife, bothered by seasonal allergies, received a positive test. Johnson was forced to sit out the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which snapped his streak of 663 consecutive starts, longest among active drivers. But he tested negative the following Monday and Tuesday and was cleared by NASCAR to race again at Kentucky Speedway. Was it a false positive?
If that’s the case, then sports, as well as society, are in a whole heap of trouble. This proves that we can’t be sure of who really has contracted the virus and needs to be isolated from their teammates and their competition. How is that going to work moving forward in Orlando, where the NBA, WNBA, and MLS are all holding their seasons? Or when the MLB starts on July 23rd and teams are traveling throughout their geographic regions? Or when the NFL plans to kickoff and have teams travel the entire country?
I’m not a doctor, nor am I in the medical profession, but even I can see disaster brewing on the horizon if we don’t have accurate test results.