Employees from around baseball will take part in a massive study to better understand the spread of the coronavirus. This study will include players, staff, and employees of MLB teams. The study is expected to include over 10,000 people and will show medical professionals how the virus spreads through metropolitan areas.
The study is being run by Stanford University, USC and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory. The testing will involve kits that will be able to test the members within ten minutes via a small blood sample. The ultimate goal is to get a better idea of the virus’ spread rate by utilizing a nationwide sample, which MLB can offer. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University who will help to gather the data, had this to say about the study.
This is the first study of national scope where we’re going to get a read on a large number of communities throughout the United States to understand how extensive the spread of the virus has been. This will be the very first of those. Why MLB versus other employers? I’ve reached out to others, but MLB moved by far the fastest. They’ve been enormously cooperative and flexible. We’re trying to set up a scientific study that would normally take years to set up, and it’s going to be a matter of weeks.
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Perhaps with a better understanding of how the virus spreads in high-density populations, medical professionals can begin to asses the best way to get back to ‘normal life’ in the coming months. MLB did reportedly ‘jumped’ at the opportunity to take part in such a study.