Major League Baseball agreed to have 10,000 players, staff and family members across 27 teams voluntarily participate in a very sophisticated program designed to detect the prevalence of antibodies produced by those infected with COVID-19.
Taking part in the program — which is being coordinated by researchers at Stanford, USC and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory — is quite simple.
Longtime Tampa Bay area resident Tom Zimmer, a 67-year-old baseball lifer (and son of Don Zimmer) who is in his final season as a scout for the Giants, took the test Wednesday — testing negative — and agreed to share photos and details via text.
Taking the test
“Just prick your finger and drop a little blood with a tool they give you mixed with a couple of drops of some solution into this little measuring device. It runs through the device and you wait 10 minutes. There are three little sections where a red line shows up showing negative, or positive. I was negative. If you were positive in one or two sections, it means you could have been exposed but you have not had symptoms. So that could mean you have antibodies, which I would consider kind of a good thing?"
What it felt like
“Nothing hurts. Like getting a little splinter out of your hand with a little pin needle."
What happens after seeing the result
“You take a picture on your cell phone and send it in with the individual code number they gave you and throw the test away.”
What the results mean
“All I know is if you were positive they would be calling you to follow up with questions."
Benefit of knowing
“If they came out with these in the drug store, and they can’t cost anything to make, I would test myself every month till this goes away!"
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Taking part in the program
“I think it’s a great start to speed up any possible future treatment."
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