WASHINGTON -- The coronavirus is no longer a back-burner concern for the D.C. area. It is officially here with three cases in Montgomery County, MD.
That is where several members of the Washington Wizards live and the team just came back from a lengthy road trip. Between airports and NBA games, which thousands of people attend, one could deduce a certain level of risk.
The NBA has sent out a memo to players and coaches about precautions they can take; everything from washing hands consistently to avoiding handshakes with fans. But until it is contained, head coach Scott Brooks is hoping he and other members of the organization can do their part to limit the chance it spreads.
"We've talked to the guys and the staff," Brooks said before Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "When you travel, it's hard to get away and it's hard to stay away from [it]. You don't know and we try to do our best. It's important for everybody."
The good thing for the Wizards is they don't travel like everyone else. Their flights are chartered and they don't go through the same security lines and baggage claim areas that most of us do in airport terminals.
Brooks said other viruses have produced similar reactions during his time in the NBA, and that these concerns are common at this time of the year with the regular flu, as it can spread quickly through locker rooms. But he also acknowledged the possibility more dramatic measures could be taken.
Like, if the NBA decided to keep fans away from games or cancel them altogether. The league has not mentioned that as a possibility, but it doesn't seem farfetched.
"I'm sure if it gets to that point, the NBA will make a wise decision," he said.
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