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LeBron James “adds” to coronavirus discussion with meme

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game at the STAPLES Center on December 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2021 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Lakers star LeBron James has expressed frustration with the NBA’s coronavirus testing. After Los Angeles’ fourth straight loss, to the Spurs by 28 last night, he pointedly discussed how many Lakers were in the health-and-safety protocols.

Now, he’s taking his case to Instagram.


If you actually look at the meme, each Spiderman is different.

COVID-19 has been significantly more transmittable and deadly than the flu. That’s why there has been such extreme reaction to this pandemic. (Flu and cold also differ, though that’s less incendiary.)

However, coronavirus is becoming more like the flu, especially for fully vaccinated people. Vaccinations provide protection from contracting the disease and suffering severe outcomes from it. Treatments have improved. The rapidly spreading omicron variant appears to result in more-mild illness.

Restrictions that made sense previously don’t necessarily make sense anymore.

Our society has generally deemed many interactions with others (as long as they are not elderly or at elevated risk) while having the flu an acceptable risk. Michael Jordan is revered for playing through the flu (even if he didn’t actually have the flu). It’s worth exploring if and when the NBA should allow asymptomatic vaccinated players to play even after testing positive for coronavirus.

But that’s a nuanced discussion – far more difficult than posting a meme.