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NBA details high-tech Covid-19 safety measures for July return

Getty ImagesOura smart ring to generate ‘illness probability score’Players will wear Disney MagicBand and social distancing alarm113-page rulebook prohibits doubles table tennis, sharing snorkels and golf caddiesThe National Basketball Association (NBA) has shared a 113-page memo with participating teams detailing strict health and safety measures ahead of its return behind closed doors at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida next month.  Quarantine and testing protocols have been laid out in a rulebook titled Life inside the Bubble ahead of the 2019/20 season’s resumption on 31st July, including strict social-distancing measures between players and personnel. Players from the 22 teams involved will have the option to wear a ‘smart ring’ that is designed to detect Covid-19 symptoms by monitoring an individual’s heart rate, respiration rate and body temperature. According to a study carried out by the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, the device can forecast the onset of Covid-19 symptoms three days out and with about 90 per cent accuracy. Designed by Finnish wearable technology startup Oura, the ring is capable of sharing data to mobile devices via Bluetooth and can run for up to seven days before it needs recharging. NFL, NBA and ESPN expand Snapchat content dealsAccording to ESPN, NBA team personnel will not have access to a player’s individual health data unless the technology detects an ‘illness probability score’.

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