Whoa: MLB Participating in Massive Antibody Study to Help Understand Spread of COVID-19

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Whoa: MLB Participating in Massive Antibody Study to Help Understand Spread of COVID-19

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This is fascinating, awesome, and – if I’m being honest – a little hope-inspiring. These kinds of massive antibody tests are necessary for the whole country to move forward in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the fact that MLB and its players and employees are playing a small part in the process is pretty great.

The breaking news from Jeff Passan:

There are only so many widespread national industries where you could get so many people involved (who’ve had contact with lots of different folks over the past few months) in such a quick turnaround, so MLB actually makes a ton of sense to be involved in this study. Hence why they were approached to participate.

“This is the first study of national scope where we’re going to get a read on a large number of communities throughout the United States to understand how extensive the spread of the virus has been,” said Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University who will assess the data gathered this week and write a peer-reviewed paper he hopes to publish as early as next week. “This will be the very first of those. Why MLB versus other employers? I’ve reached out to others, but MLB moved by far the fastest. They’ve been enormously cooperative and flexible. We’re trying to set up a scientific study that would normally take years to set up, and it’s going to be a matter of weeks.”

As Passan notes, there’s no specific upside here for MLB or its players, other than just being in a position to help public health policy at a national level. When you can help by doing a simple pinprick blood test, you do it. I love to see this. I also love to know that we’ve reached the point where a massive national antibody test is ready to be studied.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.