Rudy Gobert became the first player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus back in March, forcing the NBA into a months-long hiatus that is slated to end in July. Part of the reason that the NBA feels comfortable returning to action is the typically mild symptoms younger, healthy people encounter as well as the generally short period in which the disease tends to last in a person’s system.
COVID-19 affects most patients for a matter of weeks. However, the long-term effects of the disease are not yet fully known. Gobert is currently dealing with one of them. As he told the French sports media outlet L’equipe (as translated by HoopsHype), he is still not fully recovered from the virus despite being infected three months ago. His sense of smell has not fully returned.