Athletes testing positive for coronavirus


Grant Doklan, Pinnacle Underclassmen Editor

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown anything, it’s that nobody is safe. Countless celebrities, musicians, actors and even athletes have tested positive for the virus. Covid-19 made its way to North America in early March and has since infected just under 1.5 million people in the United States alone. Just about every state has ordered residents to stay at home for the time being, closing nonessential businesses throughout the country. 

One of the most upsetting effects of this pandemic is the postponing of events such as concerts and sports leagues. However, these orders are meant to keep everyone safe as many sports leagues have had coronavirus outbreaks of their own. 

Brooklyn Nets player, Kevin Durant, was one of the first public figures to announce that he tested positive for the virus. The Nets confirmed that they had four cases on their team, but did not name the players out of respect for their privacy. Durant took a different approach, choosing to be open and use his platform to urge everyone to stay safe and follow guidelines. 

Others took a similar approach, such as Chelsea Football Club player, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and some like Jason Collins and Sean Payton opted to share their experiences with symptoms or lack thereof. It is important to note that all athletes mentioned have since recovered. 

For helpful information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s official website