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2 Los Angeles Lakers stars tested positive for the new Coronavirus, the team announced Friday. The team last played the Brooklyn Nets before the season was abruptly cancelled.
"Following four Brooklyn Nets players testing positive for COVID-19, because Los Angeles Lakers' players were exposed to them during our game against the Nets on March 10, our team physicians and public health officials recommended coronavirus testing for the players."
"We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team's physician."
The 2 Lakers players were not identified. Two members of the Utah Jazz and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics also tested positive, along with Christian Wood of the Pistons.
The Coronavirus causes no symptoms or mild symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems.
Also at risk are smokers (cigarettes, weed) and young people who vape.
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A second Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.
Donovan Mitchell, 23, revealed he was diagnosed with the virus, joining teammate Rudy Gobert, who said he tested positive on Wednesday.
Gobert playfully touched every microphone in the room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease prior to Wednesday's game.
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Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.
The National Hockey League and National Soccer also suspended their seasons.
Dr. Drew Pinsky blames irresponsible media reports for the unprecedented overreaction to the virus epidemic.
Dr. Drew is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. since November.
Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."
For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.
The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.
So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US were people who were elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.
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