The coronavirus is slowly starting to creep its way into the United States and is impacting our sports as well. This week, the NBA put out an announcement suggesting that the players should stop doing handshakes with fans, and the safest thing to do now would to just give fist bumps and is completely against the players signing autographs. The states in the United States that have confirmed coronavirus cases which is Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Out of those states, 11 of them contain at least 1 NBA team in the state, which puts the NBA and its players in a dangerous position considering how many people and fans they interact with on the daily. Even before the announcement, players have taken it upon themselves to take action as a precaution against the virus. Star player C.J. McCollum, who plays for the Portland Trailblazers, which happens to reside in one of the affected states, tweeted, “I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice.” The NBA is worried that one of the players will get infected and pass it on rapidly due to the amount of interactions the average player will have, and it would be dangerous for the NBA and the world alone.
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