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Major League Baseball players and staff will participate in a large study that aims to test more than 10,000 people for COVID-19 antibodies, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Stanford University, USC and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory are conducting the study, which, Passan notes, should not accelerate the MLB process to end its hiatus on sports activities. team:
“The aim of the study is to gain a better understanding of the true infection rate of the virus using a national sample. The speed at which MLB coordinated logistics and secured the participation of a wide range of people, including players, front office staff, dealers and others, made it the right choice for the study, according to the doctors who run it. ”
The minor leagues of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox organizations had previously tested positive for coronavirus after the league officially suspended the season on March 12.
An earlier confirmed positive test is not necessary as the study will be able to detect antibodies created in those who have contracted the pathogen, whether or not they have shown symptoms.
According to the chairman of the SMRTL, none of the test kits involved in the study will remove “first line” tests or reduce the ability of the most vulnerable to be tested. Dr. Daniel Eichner.
“This is the first national study in which we are going to get a read on a large number of communities across the United States to understand the extent of the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University professor, who will assess the data gathered this week and write a peer-reviewed article he hopes to publish next week, told Passan. “It will be the very first of these. Why MLB compared to other employers? I have reached out to others, but MLB is by far the fastest. They were extremely cooperative and flexible. We’re trying to set up a study that would normally take years to set up, and it’s going to be a matter of weeks. ”
The study is funded by private donors and 27 teams have volunteered to participate, according to Molly knight of The Athletic, who confirmed to the MLB Players Association that those who choose to study will be treated as confidential and will not have their names listed on their samples.
Participation remains entirely voluntary on an individual basis.
“MLB did not partner with us for selfish reasons to resume sport earlier,” Eichner told Passan. “They rushed for a public health policy. It was their intention and their only intention. “