IF WE go by social media — we must know by now how to discern the fake news from the real — there are now 13 NBA players infected with Covid-19, the virus that has currently affected more than 165,000 people worldwide and killed more than 5,800 from across the globe. About 230 patients are from the Philippines, with some 18 deaths reported on local shores.
That’s how vicious the virus is, which is now present in almost 140 of the universe’s 197 nations after it got unmasked in Wuhan, China on Dec. 17, 2019. At the rate it is spreading its venom, it seems hell-bent on sparing no one, including, seemingly, Superman.
And, yes, if Superman’s cape has been clipped, let’s also do our part by simply staying home.
The NBA’s latest Covid-19 positives come from Los Angeles. But if it’s any consolation, the two Lakers are asymptomatic — meaning, they don’t have direct symptoms of the virus such as dry cough, sore throat or fever.
They were not named — effectively putting LeBron James a candidate. LeBron, while presently being the planet’s greatest cager, is not exempted from infection. But, of course! Finally recognizing the evil-laden nature of Covid-19, LeBron has recalled his careless resolve not to play “without the fans” in the arena. He has since been forgiven.
Other NBA victims include four Brooklyn Nets, three Philadelphia Sixers, two Utah Jazz (Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell) and one each from the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets. All unnamed.
Let’s all pray — and next hope as Papa Pio loved to say — the list would stop there.
Curse the Covid-19, burn it at the stakes or even subject it to voodoo-voodoo but, at the frigging moment, it will just ignore you. With even a smirk in its fangs.
Maxine Vaccine, where are you? What’s taking you so long?
Indeed, this virus, like all previous pandemic plagues like the German measles, Spanish Influenza, bubonic boom, Ebola virus, etc., recognizes no one.
Rich or poor, doesn’t matter. Weak or powerful, WTF. Everyone’s vulnerable.
But have faith. God’s on