Bucs’ Cameron Brate reveals full recovery from COVID-19, films PSA
Cameron Brate revealed on social media Wednesday that he’s now “fully recovered” after testing positive for COVID-19, and the experience inspired the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end to film a PSA about the coronavirus.
In the dispatch, Brate says he is “thankful to have fully recovered from COVID-19.” The Bucs tight end also makes a call to action, writing, “donating plasma is the next step and something many can do!”
“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on our population and it continues to impact nearly every aspect of our lives,” Brate said in the PSA that also shared by the Buccaneers on their social media channels, as transcribed by the Tampa Bay Times. “But there’s an important way you may be able to help friends, family and our community as we battle this disease by donating plasma.
“If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive with antibodies and fully recovered and are symptom free for at least two weeks, please consider visiting a local donor center. Simply go to Oneblood.org to find a convenient location, book an appointment or learn more. We’re all in this together and your donation can make a difference in someone’s life.”
While it’s unclear how and when Brate contracted COVID-19, it merits noting he was a frequent participant in workouts led by new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady in late spring and early summer.
After NFLPA executive director called on players to halt these informal workouts, Brady issued what was interpreted as a defiant response to the directive.
Another quote on Instagram from Tom Brady, again practicing with Bucs teammates in Tampa today after NFLPA medical director recommended players not to practice in groups: pic.twitter.com/2wqVT7hN8c— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 25, 2020
Brate, like all other NFL players, will have to test negative twice for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter team facilities and participate in training camp.