By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The NHL introduced on Monday that the most recent spherical of COVID-19 exams got here again with zero constructive exams within the two bubble places. We’re now getting a peek on the degree of vigilance that’s serving to to take care of that coronavirus-free surroundings.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask performed within the group’s exhibition recreation on Thursday, however he was absent from apply on Saturday after which missed the group’s first spherical robin recreation on Sunday. With none particulars launched, the general public phrase on Rask was that he was merely “unfit to play” — a phrase that’s been used as a blanket time period to cowl nearly any absence within the period of COVID-19.
But on Monday, Rask was again on the ice for apply, and afterwards he shared with the media why he missed a few days of labor.
“Yeah I had a cough so I simply clicked sure on the app after which all sort of crimson lights beginning blinking so I used to be quarantined for 2 days,” Rask stated. “They wished to do two destructive exams after that.”
Rask stated his two exams did certainly come again destructive, which allowed him to return to apply.
Rask stated he nonetheless has a cough, however the destructive exams give each himself and the league consolation that he’s not contaminated and subsequently not contagious.
“Properly at the least I examined destructive. So I’m nonetheless coughing however I’m not too anxious about that,” Rask stated. “So long as the exams got here again destructive, that’s all I care about.”
Whereas the implications of Rask’s mandated quarantine for actually answering a well being survey have been comparatively minor, the state of affairs does shed some gentle on how such procedures can (and nearly actually will) influence gamers going ahead within the postseason.
If a symptom as minor as a cough can set off a two-day lockdown, gamers could face ethical and moral quandaries when answering the questions of that survey every day. Hiding signs actually wouldn’t be the appropriate factor to do, as doubtlessly spreading the extremely contagious virus may threaten all the league. On the similar time, if a participant was assured that he had no means of catching COVID-19, he could really feel as if he’d be letting his group down by lacking a crucial playoff recreation in an effort to sit out the mandatory period of time.
That’s not a very novel idea for the NHL, the place gamers should take care of accidents regularly. (See Zdeno Chara enjoying with a wired-shut jaw final June.) It’s distinctive, although, in that participant accidents don’t sometimes concerned contagious ailments.
Lacking a win-or-go-home Sport 7 merely for having a cough or a slight fever is one thing that’s by no means actually confronted gamers earlier than.
Hopefully for the sake of everybody concerned, gamers nonetheless fill out these well being surveys as actually as potential every day, in an effort to make sure the well being and security of all people who’s contained in the NHL’s “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton. However it will be naive to take a look at Rask’s feedback and never envision a participant doubtlessly clicking “No,” now that he is aware of what’s going to occur by clicking “Sure.”
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