NFL, NFLPA agree to reduce COVID isolation time to 5 days per note

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement to set isolation time to five days for all players testing positive for COVID-19, matching the new guidance announced Monday by the Centers for Disease Control, according to a note obtained by ESPN .

The agreement covers both vaccinated and unvaccinated players and is conditional on the player being asymptomatic, or at least showing that his symptoms disappear, after the five-day period.

According to the previous protocol, unvaccinated players had to isolate for 10 days when testing positive. Vaccinated players can continue to “test out” of isolation earlier than five days as soon as they test negative, either with two tests taken at the same time or in combination with a cycle threshold (CT) test reading indicating that they are no longer contagious. Unvaccinated players will not be eligible to “test” earlier than the five days.

Like the rest of the sports world and the country, the NFL has endured a massive COVID-19 rise over the past few weeks. The NFL and NFLPA have already changed their testing procedures, eliminating weekly tests for vaccinated players and focusing instead on those who have symptoms, but a record 106 players tested positive Monday.

Since December 13, approximately 515 players have tested positive.

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