The report studied a single Chicago fitness center in August 2020 and discovered that out of 81 guests of indoor high-intensity classes, 55 individuals fell sick with COVID-19– or 68 percent.
Heres the catch: Patrons were permitted to eliminate masks during workout, which is not uncommon practice at gyms.
” After receiving alert of a COVID-19 case in among its patrons, the exercise center closed and notified all participants of possible COVID-19 exposure,” the CDC said.
( NEXSTAR)– A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that some indoor exercise centers might have difficulty avoiding the spread of COVID-19 among exercisers.
The CDC said it associates the outbreak to “the high proportion of attendees with COVID-19 who took part in class while symptomatic, or infectious and asymptomatic.”
Twenty-two of those contaminated attended classes on or after the day symptoms began, and the majority of participants (76 percent) used masks occasionally, including individuals with (84 percent) and without COVID-19 (60 percent).
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The health club appeared to be following most public health procedures. All classes were held at 25 percent capacity or less, and mask use, temperature level checks and sign screenings were required on entry. Exercisers were stationed 6 feet apart and brought their own devices.
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The report underlines the requirement for “combined COVID-19 prevention strategies,” including mask usage in public settings, testing of symptomatic persons, self-isolation after sign start or a favorable test result, and quarantining of individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19.
While data on transmission of COVID-19 in workout centers is restricted, past outbreak reports show that increased breathing exertion might assist in transmission.
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The health club appeared to be following most public health procedures. All classes were held at 25 percent capability or less, and mask use, temperature level checks and sign screenings were needed on entry. Exercisers were stationed six feet apart and brought their own devices.