Major League Baseball agreed on taking part of the antibody testing earlier this spring.
Late yesterday, they received the preliminary results of the study, and according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, only 60 out of 5,754 participants tested positive to coronavirus antibodies. When this number is translated into a percentage, it means that only 0.7 percent of the MLB have antibodies for the novel virus.
To make things even more complicated, a study from mid-April for detecting COVID-19 showed that 70 percent of the infected cases were asymptomatic.
The main objective of the MLB study was to determine how many infected people are there in metropolitan areas.
With gathered forces, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory conducted this study to help collect faster results and find a new approach towards solving the delays caused by the pandemic.
“I think this kind of testing, the MLB study that we’re doing, is the start and not the endpoint. I would like this kind of testing to be done everywhere. Every community needs to know what the right next steps need to take from a local approach and to open the economy, this is the right step,” Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford said.
The results of the MLB antibody testing won’t have any effect on when the 2020 season is going to start, although everyone was hoping on 80 games starting early July.