A cycling studio in Canada triggers 72-person COVID-19 outbreak

Despite following the COVID-19 protocol, indoor cycling classes at the Spinco Fitness Studio have led to a coronovirus outbreak of at least 72 people in Ontario, Canada, public health officials say. CNN reported that more than 100 employees, customers and family members may be exposed.

A person riding a bicycle: A cycling studio in Canada ignited a 72-person COVID-19 outbreak - here's what

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A cycling studio in Canada triggers a 72-person COVID-19 outbreak – here’s what

Spinco Studios reopened in Hamilton, Ontario in July, and in a statement to CNN, Elizabeth Richardson, MD, Hamilton’s Health MD, said Elizabeth Richardson. These included screening staff and attendees, attendant monitors, masking before and after class, landing towels, and cleaning rooms within 30 minutes of the end of class. According to city officials, Spinco was also operating in half capacity and a six-foot radius remained around each bike.

“We took all measures to offer public health, even added some and yet the epidemic hit us again,” the studio wrote on Instagram. The outbreak appears to be linked to classes held from September 28 to October 4 and the outbreak Hamilton has been closed since the outbreak was identified. Of the confirmed positive cases involving the studio, 47 are primary cases (45 patrons and two staff members) and 25 are secondary cases, indicating “domestic prevalence” to family, friends, or other contacts.

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Concerns have been made about potentially indoor workout classes of coronovirus transmission, but this is one of the largest related outbreaks yet. Officials are particularly concerned because the facility was closely following health protocols. “We continue to see what this means, what we need to understand about exercise classes,” Dr. Richardson said in a media briefing on October 13, according to CNN.

Linsey Marr, PhD, an expert on airborne transmission and a professor of engineering at Virginia Tech, said on Twitter that the protocol Did not appear to require effective ventilation In the studio – an increasingly important factor considers the ability of airborne spread of the virus to spread. “Six feet is not enough,” she wrote. “Worked health checks, cleaning, masks, 50% capacity, and 6 ‘around each house before and after class in the gym. Nothing about ventilation.”

According to the Broadcasting Corporation of Canada (CBC), a public health spokesman said that the outbreak’s size, despite following the protocol, “will likely contribute to advancing guidelines and practices.”

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