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Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the rest of the Utah Jazz staff have been cleared of the coronavirus by the state's health department.

The team received the good news on Friday. Neither player was hospitalized, though Gobert said he briefly lost his sense of taste and smell.

Mitchell took to his Instagram page to share the happy news with his followers. Even though he is cleared and he can't pass the virus on to others, he said he will stay home to ease the fears of the public.

The NBA cancelled the rest of the season after Gobert tested positive. Mitchell tested positive the next day, while the rest of the Jazz players and staff tested negative.

According to the USA Today, Oklahoma City health officials took 58 tests kits to Utah's Vivant Center to test the players and staff on site because the health department considered it a "public health decision."

Other NBA players who tested positive include 2 unidentified Lakers players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, 3 unidentified Philadelphia 76ers players and 3 unidentified Nets players. The Denver Nuggets also reported one member of their organization tested positive.

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Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert (left) and Donovan Mitchell are not on speaking terms after each man tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

It took Mitchell "a while to cool off" after he tested positive on Thursday, March 12. Gobert, 27, announced he tested positive on Wednesday, March 11.

Mitchell, 23, suspects Gobert gave him the virus through his "careless" behavior in the days leading up to their positive tests.

Gobert playfully touched every reporters’ microphone in the press room, days before testing positive for the virus.

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Both men were unusually close before their falling out. They sat next to each other on the team plane and buses and their lockers were next to each other in Utah's Vivint Arena.

Gobert apologized for his carelessness in a video statement last week, but Mitchell is not in a forgiving mood.

In a remote video interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Mitchell implied he and Gobert haven't spoken.

"I read what he said, heard what he said," Mitchell told Roberts. "Glad he's doing okay, glad I'm doing well. I'm just really happy that it was only two of us. It wasn't the rest of the team. Neither him or I have children at home. I know some teammates who have children at home, some staff who have children at home. I'm glad we were able to contain it as much as possible."

"I'm fine. Things are going well, just in isolation," said Mitchell. No fever, no symptoms. Blessed to be okay," Mitchell said. "If you were to tell me you have to play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I'm ready to lace 'em up."

Mitchell said young people should know that a lack of symptoms doesn't mean they can't be carriers of the virus.

"You may seem fine, be fine, you never know who you may be talking to who you might be going home to."

Gobert's positive test prompted the NBA to cancel the rest of the season. The NBA was the first sports league to shut down in response to a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.

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Detroit Pistons star Christian Wood is the third NBA player to contract the coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19.

The Pistons released a statement on Saturday, without identifying Wood as the player on the team who tested positive for the virus.

Wood's agent Adam Pensack confirmed his client was the one who had the virus. Pensack added that Wood "feels 100 percent fine."

Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell, 23, and Rudy Gobert, 27, also tested positive for the virus. Neither player is experiencing any symptoms.

In an unprecedented decision, the NBA cancelled its season until further notice.

The coronavirus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people under age 50. It causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly over age 60. Particularly at risk are smokers, people with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems and a weak immune system.

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, is keeping himself busy playing video games while isolating himself at home.

In a video released on social media on Saturday, Mitchell, 23, thanked his fans for their support and said he feels "fine". The incubation period before symptoms begin to appear is 2-14 days.

In an unprecedented move, the NBA cancelled its season after Rudy Gobert, 27, was the first to test positive on Wednesday. Mitchell announced he tested positive on Thursday. Gobert and the 2018 NBA All-Star slam dunk champion are the only 2 Jazz players or staff member to test positive for the virus.

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ESPN and Sports Illustrated report that Mitchell is "frustrated" with Gobert for his lackadaisical behavior before he tested positive.

Gobert said he felt "embarrassed" after jokingly touching reporters' microphones and touching his teammates' gear in the locker room in the days leading up to his positive test.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Gobert apologized for being "careless".

The Athletic reported that Mitchell and Gobert were unusually close teammates. They sat next to each other on the team's chartered plane and bus rides. And they have adjacent lockers in Utah's Vivint Arena.

No one knows whether Gobert infected Mitchell or Mitchell infected Gobert. Both men could have easily contracted the virus from thousands of people who are infected but have not been tested yet.

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As more celebrities and public figures recover from the virus, the mainstream news media's manipulation and fear mongering tactics will become more obvious.

Trump supporters are suspicious of the overhyped coverage of Covid-19. There was no sense of panic when the Obama administration tackled the deadly H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

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Many believe the virus is being politicized to destroy the economy and hurt Trump's chances for reelection in November. But others note that panic shopping is stimulating Trump's economy and making retailers richer.

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On Saturday, the White House announced President Donald Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.

The news comes amid reports of fist fights over toilet paper and paper towels in stores in New York and Georgia. President Trump called for calm and reminded the populace that the CDC says the virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people and no symptoms in others.

All those infected with the virus have not been tested yet. When they are tested, the mortality rate will drop well below 1%.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak stands at 52 in the U.S. The average age of those who died is 81.

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 people with weak immune systems, smokers (cigarettes, weed) or young people who vape. Smoking or vaping damages the lining of the lungs. The lungs also express ACE2, an enzyme that the virus attaches itself to in order to attack human cells.

People who have a high concentration of ACE2 receptors, such as the Chinese, are more likely to contract coronavirus. ACE2 receptors are located in the nose, mouth, lungs, kidneys, and other internal organs.

Black people of African descent have mid to low range levels of ACE2, and are at low risk of catching the virus (that doesn't mean Black people can't catch the virus).

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.
 

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Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell (left) and Rudy Gobert have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. So far, they are the only members of the NBA team to test positive after all players and coaches were tested on Wednesday.

Mitchell, 23, revealed his diagnosis on Thursday, a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

Gobert, 27, announced he tested positive on Wednesday before the game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was cancelled before tip-off on Wednesday and the fans were sent home.

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The 7-1 center playfully touched every microphone in the press room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the virus.

Gobert was remorseful. "I was careless and make no excuse," he said in an Instagram post.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

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Mitchell issued a statement on Instagram.com, thanking everyone for positive messages.

"Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test," Mitchell wrote. "We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them."

Many took that last sentence as a subtle message to Gobert.

Mitchell added that he was following his doctor's medical advice. So far, he and Gobert show no symptoms of the disease.

Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., who works for the New York Mets, will be tested for the coronavirus. He most recently saw his son when the Jazz played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4. The virus has an incubation period of 2 to 14 days.

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.
 

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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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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it is suspending all games until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.

The NBA's decision is the latest overreaction to growing hysteria over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Drew Pinsky 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. this year.

Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

The Jazz's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday was postponed after the tip-off and the fans were sent home.

Gobert, 27, is a 7-foot-1 French national player who was drafted 27th overall in the 1st round in 2013.

He playfully touched reporters' recorders and microphones to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease before Wednesday's game.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

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 33 deaths in the US are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.