There’s lessons for us all in how one St Mirren player caught the virus, forcing his flatmate, a Hamilton Accies player, to isolate, shortly before three staff at Hamilton tested positive. While we will never know for sure if these cases were linked, it is very likely. The virus remains a risk to our health and incomes. A lack of symptoms during the early incubation period allow it to flit between players who train together and therefore who face each other.
The health consequences for players are likely to be less significant than for society in general, they are young with few of the comorbidity markers, but the nature of their work makes them more vulnerable to infection than many of us.
Any innocuous link outside players’ sporting bubble can lead to multiple club contagion. Teams need to manage this risk by controlling what staff do at home, prohibiting social interactions and maintaining social distance between staff while indoors. Adherence to these practices is a prerequisite to winning the league.