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Report: MLB players returning to U.S. don't have to quarantine for 2 weeks

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Major League Baseball's player-safety protocols proposal doesn't require international players returning to the United States to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

The league would screen, test, and quarantine foreign and domestic major leaguers instead of abiding by CDC recommendations, which require any person returning to the country to quarantine for two weeks, Brown reports.

All players who return to their teams will reportedly have to follow these protocols:

  • A thorough pre-screening questionnaire administered by team physicians. The form would inquire about possible symptoms, exposures, and recent whereabouts that could reveal potential risks;
  • Temperature checks;
  • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) saliva test that would detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus;
  • A blood test, for the presence of antibodies.

Agents representing players from Venezuela, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic said they haven't received much information about a possible return to the U.S., which sparked confusion about the two-week quarantine requirement, Brown adds.

The players' association also didn't mention any plans over the last month about travel protocols for international players, sources told Brown.

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