𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬: 𝐆𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐲𝐦 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝐑𝐢𝐬𝐤, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐲𝐬
A first-of-its-kind study just proved that it could be safe for gyms to reopen
by Edward Cooper
Having been forcibly closed since mid-March 2020, UK gyms are believed to be at risk of becoming high-transmission areas and, with high foot traffic and little room to space out equipment or training areas, pose a complex problem when it comes to reopening safely while adhering to the 'one meter plus' rule.
A new study from Norway however, could prove beneficial when it comes to fighting for these facilities to reopen safely. The findings thought to be the first of their kind, come from the University of Oslo, and show that going to the gym doesn't increase your risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).
The randomized, two-week study began on May 22nd, studying five different gyms in Oslo, with 3764 study participants aged 18 to 64-years-old with no underlying health conditions.
During the study, 80% of the participants used the gyms once, with 38% visiting over six times. Half of the study group were also told to keep away from the gym, for the purpose of comparison. Sticking to social distancing rules (one meter for 'floor exercise' and two meters for high-intensity classes), the study participants also used hand sanitizer regularly and had lockers available.
After the two weeks, the participants took an antibody test on June 8th.
The results of the study displayed an interesting result — of the 3764 participants, only one person caught coronavirus but was part of the group that had not attended the gym.
'This shows us that low-prevalence environments are safe for gyms and probably just about everything else. It is very unlikely you will get infected,' explained Dr. Gordon Guyatt, a professor of medicine at McMaster University to the New York Times.
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