Kieran Tierney’s COVID-19 conundrum: What an infectious disease expert told me

Kieran Tierney currently faces a 14-day isolation period that would see him miss Arsenal’s match vs Man City after reportedly being in the same room as Scottish teammate and Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for COVID19. However, the club is currently disputing Tierney’s isolation requirement based on multiple factors.

To get a better understanding of the situation, I consulted a trusted epidemiologist (infectious disease expert) on the differing protocols between Scotland and the English FA that led to the current dispute, what Tiermey having antibodies does or doesn’t tell us, if he’s now immune and/or contagious, and his potential availability against Manchester City.

I relayed that information in the following video:

Hopefully the situation will get resolved sooner rather than later with the ideal scenario as Tierney being allowed to travel back to London and continue to follow the English FA’s daily testing protocols leading up to the Manchester City match. Only time will tell.

Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with his clinical doctoral degree from Northern Arizona University and undergraduate in business and social welfare from UC-Berkeley. He’s the owner of 3CBPerformance – providing sports medicine, performance, and mindfulness services online and in-person at clinics in West LA and Valencia, CA – with one simple north star: providing the highest level of individualized holistic care and wellness by developing long-term partnerships with client’s to achieve their goals via simultaneously addressing multiple systems such as the musculoskeletal system, movement biomechanics, and the nervous system. Dr. Raj, DPT prides himself on being a multi-faceted provider with a background in coaching, sports science, strength and conditioning, research, and mindfulness enthusiast including online courses at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC).