Milwaukee Brewers Ban Blocks High Fives After Pink-Eye Breakout: Who Is Impacted, And What Does It Involve?

Milwaukee Brewers ban on high-fives

The Milwaukee Brewers have instigated a ban on the traditional high-five congratulatory salutes after a pink-eye breakout. Although it might sound like an odd punishment for a baseball team known to spontaneously press palms together after a great play, the ban is intended to prevent the spread of the disease, according to Bleacher Report.

The decision to implement the new rule came only after Jonathan Lucroy, a catcher, and Rick Kranitz, the pitching coach, developed pink eye. The ban is not expected to be permanent, but will last for upcoming training games.

Although the only Milwaukee Brewers members officially known to have the condition are Jonathan and Rick, the manager of the team implied that others are suffering.

“We’ve been going through it for a while, and it seems like a couple of more show up every day,” admitted Ron Roenicke.

In addition to telling the players that they can’t congratulate each other by touching, those with pink eye must stay home for at least 48 hours, reported ESPN.

And although you won’t see the team exchanging high-fives, the Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to play the Mariners on Friday.

So just what is pink eye, and who is vulnerable? It’s also known as conjunctivitis because it causes the mucous membrane (the conjunctiva) to get red and swollen, WebMD explains.

It can last as long as 10 days before subsiding. As for who can get it? It’s considered highly contagious, and no known medical cure exists for the viruses or bacteria that are the culprit.

Those who don’t wash their hands can easily spread pink eye, as can using the same towel as someone with the condition. The ease of spreading pink eye caused the Brewers to implement the ban, although no word on whether shaking hands after a game is included.

In addition to redness and swelling, pink eye can cause the eyelids to feel as if they’re burning. A chronic version of the condition can last more than three weeks. Because medications aren’t typically involved, those with pink eye usually are told to stay home until their condition improves, usually three to five days.

And the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t the only ones associated with sports who have been plagued by pink eye. Bob Costas infamously contracted the condition just as he was trying to serve as NBC’s primetime Olympics host, as the Inquisitr reported.

However, in the case of Costas, it wasn’t shaking hands or exchanging high-fives that caused his problem, claimed a source.

“Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.”

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