THIS should serve as a stern warning— anyone can be infected with COVID-19, even a pro league standout in the pink of health like Thirdy Ravena.
The former Ateneo star wingman, who is proving his worth in Japan as an import for San-En NeoPhoenix in the B. League, has tested positive for the lethal pulmonary disease.
The welcome news is that Ravena is recovering.
“All good over here. Appreciate all the love and concern over the past 24 hours. I feel well already but have to follow quarantine protocols indefinitely,” Ravena said last Saturday on his official twitter account @ThirdyRavenaaa.
“Just a reminder that the virus is still out there so let’s not take it for granted. Stay safe everyone. Much love,” he added.
San-En NeoPhoenix confirmed last Friday that the high-flying Ravena is positive for COVID-19.
“On the morning of November 26th (Thursday), he reported that he was in poor physical condition, and when the temperature was measured, a fever of 38.2°C was confirmed,” the team said in a statement.
“He reported to the Toyohashi City Health Center and at a designated medical institution under the direction of the Health Center.”
San-En NeoPhoenix said Ravena and the rest of the squad all tested negative after the PCR tests done by the league last Nov. 22.
The 6-foot-2 Ravena played in a scrimmage against private ballclub Kanazawa Samurai Team last Nov. 24 and then told team trainers two days later that he was experiencing symptoms.
Ravena, 23, will not likely play when San-En NeoPhoenix tries to snap out of its four-game losing skid on the road against Shimane Susanoo Magic on Wednesday.
After he recovers, the earliest Ravena can return to action is on Dec. 12 against Levanga Hokkaido.
Ravena is averaging 12.0 points, on top of 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists, for San-En NeoPhoenix, which is sporting a lowly 2-13 record.
After leading the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles where he was named finals MVP in each season, Ravena opted not to join last year’s PBA Draft despite being projected as likely the top pick overall and instead was signed as the first Filipino and Asian to suit as an import under the league’s Asian quotas initiative last June.