That means indoor sports could turn into sports superside events, the researchers said in a weekly report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The game was played on the ice rink in Tampa on June 16 and the next day, a player, who is considered a patient of the index, experienced symptoms of Covid-19, including fever, cough, sore throat and headache. Two days later, he tested positive for the virus, according to a Florida Department of Health report.
Each team consisted of 11 male players aged 19 and 53, six on the ice and five on the bench at any one time during the game. Each team also shared separate locker rooms for 20 minutes before and after the 60-minute game and no one wore a face mask to control the disease.
“During the five days following the game, 15 individuals experienced signs and symptoms corresponding to coronavirus disease 2019; 13 out of 15 patients had positive laboratory test results, indicating infection with CARS-CV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. “The researchers wrote. Two of the sick individuals were not tested.
While 62% of players experienced Covid-19 symptoms, there were no on-ice referees, nor was there a spectator in the stands.
The ice rink is well suited for Covid-19 transmission
Ice hockey involves vigorous physical exertion with constant breathing and constant contact between the players during the game.
The researchers noted that the ice rink provides a place that is probably most suitable for an Covid-1 transmission as an indoor environment where breathing is deep, and individuals are close to each other.
More than one player may have been infected during the game, the researchers admitted, but they believe the index was a source of patient transition while it was still disease-free.
According to the CVC, the moderate incubation period for Covid-19 is four to five days at the onset of symptom onset and two to 14 days, according to the CDC.
The analysis was limited because not all players were tested for the virus and asymptomatic infections could not be identified.
“Indoor space and ga contact between players during a game of hockey increases the risk of infection for players, especially with the ongoing community covid-1 transmission transmission,” the study concludes.
“The ice rink provides a place that is probably most suitable for COVID-1 transmission as an environment inside CO where breathing takes deep, and individuals are close to each other,” they added.
Scattered information on Covid-19 in sports programs
CDC Noting that there are some published studies or reports on the Covid-19 transmission involving specific sports games or practices, the CDC noted.
In New Hampier, 158 residents associated with 23 different ice hockey teams or organizations have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past two months, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said on Thursday. Of the 158 cases, 117 were associated with separate outbreaks and 41 were not due to any particular outbreak, but were linked to ice hockey, Chan said. “Hockey has been one of the high-risk activities where we’ve seen significant spread,” he added.
Those who are believed to have contracted the coronavirus through an association with hockey have also potentially expelled others from at least 24 different K-12 schools in the state, he said, adding that the risk of the game being exposed is high and others Spread to facilities and organizations.
On Thursday, the governor of New Hampshire. Chris Sununu ordered snow activities on indoor facilities to be suspended for the next two weeks.
Other potential superspreader events
The coronavirus has also spread through meat processing plants and was linked to an outbreak of 57 participants in a South Korean high-intensity fitness dance class.
Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.