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:
- 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
- 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