COVID has been declared a pandemic in the United States and more than 400 players have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus.
But how much can a player actually recover from the pandemic?
We are in the middle of the worst COVID epidemic on record, according to one study, but there is no official estimate on how many players will recover.
We know that most players recover in a matter of days, according a study by the Institute of Medicine in the journal Lancet.
And there is some evidence that recovery may be quicker than we think.
A few players have reportedly already been re-injured by the pandemics coronavirus, and they are recovering faster than others.
“Some players are returning to the field as quickly as they were before the pandemia began,” wrote the authors of the study.
“Others are still recovering from their initial injury, but not as quickly.”
The institute, which is not affiliated with the NFL, analyzed the data from a large number of cases, which include players and non-players.
“Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that, after a COVID infection, the likelihood of recovery from a subsequent COVID exposure is increased,” the study said.
The authors noted that the recovery rates from infections in the general population were about 50 percent, so that’s a huge difference.
It could mean that even if a player returns to the league as quickly he or she was before the infection, it could take weeks or months for a recovery to take hold.
And the research also indicates that the faster the recovery is from an infection, and the more likely that the player is to recover, the greater the risk of long-term disability.
“Injuries and residual symptoms have been reported in some patients after the first COVID challenge and even before,” the authors wrote.
“We found that patients with chronic infections had more acute disability, and were more likely to have residual symptoms than non-infected controls.”
While the study doesn’t look at how much a player can recover, other studies have shown that players are likely to recover faster than they thought, according the researchers.
The CDC says that if a game is postponed for several days because of an outbreak, a player who missed a game would be “likely to experience symptoms for weeks or longer.”
So, there is certainly some evidence to suggest that players will take a lot more damage from COVID than we realize.
But it’s important to remember that there is a limit to what we can recover from a virus, the authors said.
“Recovery from COVIS is generally much slower than that from COV-19, which may be because of the underlying underlying underlying infection,” the researchers wrote.
That’s because the body has built-in defenses that can prevent the virus from reaching the body, and those defenses are stronger than they are in cases of other diseases.
“These mechanisms may be at least partially responsible for the slow recovery from COVEV-14, in part because of their greater ability to prevent the COVID virus from infecting the immune system,” the report said.
It also depends on how long the infection is.
In the current pandemic, it takes longer to recover from COVS than it did in the pandoress epidemic of 1929-1931.
But that doesn’t mean that players don’t have a chance.
“Survival rates have been shown to be much higher in the first year of infection than in the second year of illness, and in some cases, the rate of recovery is much higher than the rate in the third year of the infection,” they wrote.
This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.