By Jared Diamond and Louise Radnofsky
MLB’s plan for playing through coronavirus involves what may be the most high-profile use of saliva tests, rather than swabs, to screen for infection
In the bizarro season Major League Baseball hopes to have this summer, players will be forced to do the unthinkable in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus: refrain from spitting, a tradition as much a part of the game as the ceremonial first pitch and seventh-inning stretch.
Under MLB’s proposed health and safety protocol to play amid a global pandemic, sunflower seeds and smokeless tobacco are considered contraband. Communal water jugs are outlawed. Licking one’s fingers is against the rules. Players will be required to keep their saliva in their mouths at all times.
Except, that is, in one key instance: when they’re being tested for the virus.
MLB is betting big on saliva tests for coronavirus as the mechanism that will allow it to proceed this year. In doing so, it will become perhaps the highest-profile employer to embrace the approach on such a large scale. The league plans to test all personnel—including players, coaches, umpires and other employees deemed essential—several times a week as part of a plan to play a fanless, shortened schedule that does not subject employees to a quarantine.
According to MLB’s proposed 2020 operations manual, a copy of which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal, “the vast majority (if not all) of these diagnostic/PCR tests will be run on saliva collections.”
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