The Los Angeles Sparks have just announced that third-year guard Sydney Wiese has tested positive for coronavirus, making her the first WNBA player to acquire the disease.
The WNBA team made the announcement through an official statement, and this is via Kurt Helin of NBC Sports.
Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from playing overseas in Spain. Her symptoms are mild and she’s in positive spirits and feeling fine. She’s been in self-isolation at home in Phoenix since her return and is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Sparks are in direct communication with Sydney and wish her a speedy recovery.
It is important to note that Wiese played in Spain during the winter, which leads to theories that the 24-year-old may have contracted the disease while overseas. Nonetheless, the coronavirus has spread like wildfire in the U.S., so it wouldn’t be improbable that she may have also got infected upon her return to the States.
The good news here is that Wiese appears to be doing good at the moment, and if all goes well, then she should be able to pull through and beat this dreaded disease and continue playing in the WNBA. Prayers up for this young lady and her family.
The recovery rate of the virus is extremely high, and just recently, the Utah Jazz announced that both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell — the first two NBA players that tested positive for coronavirus — are now fully healthy.