How the Florida hockey game COVID-19 became a ‘superspreader’ event

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen people have been infected with coronavirus after a game of recreational hockey in Tampa, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. The game, which took place on June 16, did not result in any hospitalization or death. But it presents one of the few documented examples of viral spread from an athletic event.

The players did not wear face masks, which potentially contributed to the infection.

The new study does not say exactly where the game took place, not just that the rink was closed and somewhere in the Tampa area. Participants included 22 men between the ages of 19 and 53. There were two referees, one spectator and at least one rink employee present.

Three days after the evening match, Florida health officials learned that one player had been complaining of “fever, cough, sore throat and headache” since the day after the game. That index is considered the patient – that is, the one who infected the other.

Governor Ron Desantis commented on the impact of safety protocols and the coronavirus epidemic during a roundtable discussion with theme park leaders on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  (Via the Burbank / Orlando Sentinel / TNS Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron Descentis in a roundtable discussion with theme park leaders on the coronavirus epidemic on Aug. 26.

Those infections were possible because, according to subsequent investigations, “cloth face masks for disease control were not used in the locker room or during play.” President Trump has regularly defiled by wearing masks, as has Florida Republican Gov. Ron Desantis.

During the game of hockey, the worst coronavirus outbreak occurred in Florida. Decentesis has been sharply criticized for reducing the severity of this outbreak, hiding figures that would reveal its true scope and promote ideas such as “herd immunity”, which has been rejected by the scientific community.

In the following days, eight companions of the index patient “experienced COVID-19 signs and symptoms.” So the opposing team had five players, as well as a rink employee. It is believed that all of them contracted the disease from the index patient, who was the “ancestor” at the time of the game.

Covid-19 is a disease caused by coronavirus. In Florida it has killed about 16,000 people, although Descentis defeated the coronavirus in many parts of its spring tuna. Instead, the number of COVID-19 infections in the state has greatly increased during the summer.

Lack of facial cover and indoor setting appear to be an ominous combination. Researchers at the CDC concluded that the ice rink provides a place that is probably most suitable as an indoor environment for Covid-1 transmission where deep breathing occurs, and individuals are close to each other.

They also cited a study conducted by Italian researchers, which stated that “during heavy exercise, a higher viral excretion rate can be reached during oral breathing.”

There is no clear definition of a “superseder” person or event. The average COVID-19 patient infects 2.5 other people, with a value known as R0 or “r-nnot.” A person who infects 14 others qualifies there as a particular spreader of the disease. Researchers estimate that 20 percent of such supersiders contribute to 80 percent of cases.

Healthcare workers greet a temporary drive-through COVID-19 test site at East Orange District Park on October 1, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Paul Hansie / Freight by Getty Images)
Oct. Health care workers at the drive-through COVID-19 test site in Orlando on the 1st. (Photo by Paul Hansie / Freight by Getty Images)

CDC researchers said the sport of hockey has the potential for a superspider event “especially with the ongoing community COVID-19 transmission”. “They seem to have met the required criteria, though they don’t call the game a fairly superstradial event.

There was also a “superspreader” event at the recent White House Rose Garden ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Connie Barrett, the scope of which has yet to be exhausted due to White House contact efforts.

It is not clear what all this means for professional sports. In the recently concluded professional basketball season, a case of coronavirus began, in which players lived in a strictly controlled environment and underwent frequent coronavirus tests. Other leagues have been more relaxed and, as a result, more cases of coronavirus have been found.

However, athletes will show the type of aerobic health that makes them less susceptible to coronavirus respiratory distress, however, they may be at higher risk of developing heart chronic disorders. That disorder is one of the many long-term coronavirus conditions that researchers are now beginning to understand.


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