The List of Professional Athletes Infected with COVID-19 Continues to Grow

By 2 months ago

As the coronavirus continues to threaten the global population, the sports world, in particular, seems to be revealing more and more cases as the days pass. 

Beyond just the season cancellations and postponements, some big-name athletes are reporting that they have contracted the virus.

Kevin Durant is the most recent athlete to report that he has tested positive for the virus, perhaps the biggest name so far. 

Four Brooklyn Nets players in total have tested positive for COVID-19, while the majority are showing no symptoms, which begs the unfortunate question: why were these symptomless players being tested while folks around the country who have fallen ill have no access to testing?

The news of more players testing positive had forced the NBA's hand into suspending the rest of the NBA season indefinitely, rather than their intended return of mid-to-late June. 

Other athletes that have so far tested positive, in order of the date of their diagnosis, are:

1. Daniele Rugani, Juventus defender
2. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz center
3. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager
4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz guard
5. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea winger
6. Trey Thompkins, Real Madrid power forward
7. Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina striker
8. Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons forward
9. Unnamed Seattle Dragons (XFL) player
10. Chris Kielsmeier, Cleveland State women's basketball coach 
11. German Pezzella, Fiorentina defender
12. Unnamed New York Yankees minor-league player
13. Jorge Jesus, Flamengo manager
14. Patrick Cutrone, Fiorentina striker
15. Kozo Tashima, Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief
16. Unnamed New York Yankees minor-league player 
17. Kevin Durant and three other unnamed players on the Brooklyn Nets

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