Major League Baseball stars, stadium workers and executives are set to be part of the first antibody study aimed at understanding the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
According to People, the study will include over 10,000 people and will help to provide an answer on just how many people have been infected in the United States.
The MLB players, and employees will have their fingers pricked for a blood sample, which will then be tested to see if they have any COVID-19 antibodies. If they do indeed have them, that indicates that they had COVID-19 at one point, even if they never showed symptoms.
Researchers say that the antibody test can also provide a better understanding of if having the virus will give people an immunity to ever having it again.
Almost all of the MLB’s 30 teams agreed to take part in the study run by Stanford University, the University of Southern California and an antidoping lab in Salt Lake City, and most participants will receive the testing kits by mail to their homes.
Unlike members of the NBA and NHL, the MLB has had no reported cases of players having the coronavirus.
However, the MLB has still postponed their season.