Small Number of MLB Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 Antibodies

LOS ANGELES: only 0.7 percent of people tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies , Major League Baseball learned after I recently did the biggest coronavirus-related antibody study in the United States

Only 60 out of 5,603 MLB employees tested positive for coronavirus antibodies , said Stanford University Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.

Dr. Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University , said that based on previous smaller studies he had seen, he expected the MLB number to be much higher.

It is very clear that the epidemic is still in the early stages across the country, he said.

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The survey also showed that about 70 percent of those who tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies had been asymptomatic.

Twenty-six of MLB 's 30 teams participated in the study, which sent out 10,000 test kits. Participants used a pin prick to draw blood and received almost immediate results.

There was no information on how many players participated in the study.

The Arizona Diamondbacks returned the majority of the tests, 362, while the Los Angeles Angels He had the highest positive rate among the 123 tests presented by his team. No details were given on the exact number of positives.

Four teams refused to participate.

Dr. Bhattacharya said interest in the MLB study was high among the medical community.

Never before have I received so many emails in my life about the results of a study, Bhattacharya said. There was a great deal of public interest.