NBA cautions players to avoid 'high-fives' as COVID-19 fears grow

The NBA told its players to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers as a precautionary measure against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis that continues to spread fear all over the world.

The league issued a memo the teams received on Monday which contained ten recommendations that aims to decrease the risks of COVID-19 contraction—among them include refusing pens, markers, balls and jerseys from fans.

The memo, “We are also in regular communication with each other, NBA teams including team physicians and athletic trainers, other professional sports leagues, and of course, many of you.”

Some players are already following the league's advice.

Among them is Portland guard CJ McCollum who tweeted advising hios fans to wash theire hands regularly, cover their mouths when they cough as he notified he will take a break from giving autographs for now.

The worldwide death toll rose to 3,000 on Monday as infected people topped to 89,000 in all continents excluding Antartica.

World Health Organization Chief Tedros Ghebreyeyus said COVID-19's containment is possible so long as it is the country's “top-priority.”