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Sacramento Kings postpone Pelicans game due to coronavirus concerns

The NBA suspended the rest of the season on Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings postponed their game against the New Orleans Pelicans moments before the match-up was set to begin. 

According to news release from NBA Communications, the game was canceled out of an abundance of caution due to one of the referees assigned to the match-up working a Utah Jazz game earlier in the week. The NBA said a Utah Jazz player had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

The Associated Press reported Jazz center Rudy Gobert is the one who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Gobert tested positive just before the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder game's tip-off.  

The NBA suspended the rest of the season due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The Kings originally consulted with the Sacramento County Public Health officials before deciding to play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, however, following the announcement from the NBA, the game was postponed.


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COVID19 BACKGROUND

According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine; however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

WHY HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SO CONCERNED

Some people have compared the low overall death toll to the flu's high annual death toll in the United States as a reason not to be concerned about COVID-19, however, doctors and health officials are concerned for three main reasons:

  1. There's no vaccine yet and won't be one for until early 2021, at the soonest. Scientists are still researching what other medications could help patients. 
  2. Some people have built up immunity to the flu, but few have immunity to COVID-19 version of coronavirus
  3. Both the flu and COVID-19 are spread by droplets, but COVID-19 might be spread in the air. Scientists are researching exactly how COVID-19 spreads.

HEAR FROM DOCTORS:

Dr. Payal Kohli, a cardiologist & doctor of internal medicine, spoke with ABC10's Walt Gray about the novel coronavirus, those most at risk, vaccine timeline, & more.

Dr. Dean Blumberg, the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis, answered some FAQs from ABC10 viewers about the coronavirus:

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