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About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest information concerning COVID-19 for the NBA Community

  • Access a pdf that provides current information regarding the coronavirus here

What is the coronavirus?

  • Coronaviruses are a type of viruses that are common in many different species of animals and can occasionally infect and spread between people.
  • An outbreak of novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.
  • The disease caused by this virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (often called “the coronavirus” or more specifically “COVID-19”).

How does the coronavirus spread?

  • The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person (similarly to the flu) by:
    • Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
    • Close person-to-person contact
  • Infected individuals are thought to be most contagious when they are at their sickest
  • Other methods of transmission (though not believed to be the main way the virus spreads):
    • It has been reported that spread is possible from infected individuals before they begin to show symptoms
    • It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes
    • (The coronavirus may remain alive on a variety of surfaces for hours to days – more research is needed)

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

  • Symptoms of infection with the coronavirus typically begin 2‐14 days after exposure.
  • Most patients have mild symptoms including:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • A smaller percentage of patients have severe or critical disease, which may include*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

* Some people may experience different symptoms with COVID-19 infection

Please seek medical care for any symptoms that are severe or concerning

  • People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are defined by the CDC and WHO as:
    • Individuals older than 60
    • People who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as:
      • Heart disease
      • Lung disease
      • Diabetes
  • Recommendations for high-risk individuals:
    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Wash hands often
    • Take everyday precautions to keep space between themselves and others
    • Stock up on supplies
  • For more information from the CDC, click here, and WHO, click here.