NFL reduces COVID-19 isolation time down to five-day period

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The NFL have followed the NBA's lead after reaching an agreement with the NFL Players Association to reduce isolation time for players who test positive to COVID-19 down to five days.

The adjusted protocols match the new guidance announced on Monday by the Center for Disease Control.

The NBA announced a similar reduction in their health and safety protocols on Tuesday, going down from 10 days to six.

The NFL's new agreement includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated players and is only actionable if a player is asymptomatic or demonstrates their symptoms are resolving after the five-day period.

Players previously were required to isolate for 10 days after a positive COVID-19 test but vaccinated players could "test out" of isolation.

The decision comes after a record 106 NFL players tested positive on Monday amid the growing COVID-19 surge in American sports. Since December, more than 500 players have tested positive.

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