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The Big Ten is testing football players for COVID-19 every day. Here's how it works.
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The Big Ten is testing football players for COVID-19 every day. Here's how it works.

It starts at 4:45 each morning.

That's when a group arrives at the University of Wisconsin football training facility to set up a COVID-19 testing station for the day.

Over the course of the next few hours, that group will test up to 170 people for the novel coronavirus and give results in about 20 minutes, determining whether they're OK to participate that day or go into isolation and get more testing.

It's all part of the rapid antigen testing that the Big Ten Conference has established as part of the delayed 2020 football season.

At the Oct. 2 meeting of the UW Athletic Board, Michael Moll, the Badgers assistant athletic director for sports medicine who's serving as the school's Chief Infection Officer to the Big Ten Conference, described how the process works when football players arrive for morning practices. Here are seven points to note:

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