Youth, Extracurricular Sports Are Spreading COVID-19

Youth, Extracurricular Sports Are Spreading COVID-19

“We’re working to facilitate increased testing that is happening on the ground in the context of youth sports,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. Ad

Youth sports, extracurriculars are spreading COVID-19 Health officials say as kids continue to play indoor sports like basketball, hockey and wrestling, it’s causing an increase in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the U.S.

[RELATED: ‘Fever, vomiting, an awful cough:’ Orlando Pride player’s children test positive for COVID-19] And in Minnesota, officials there say the B117 variant, first found in the U.K., spread through one county where at least 68 cases were linked to youth sporting events.

In Florida, the CDC reports the virus was linked to high school wrestling tournaments in December where 38 people were infected. “We are seeing a higher proportion of younger people getting ill and unfortunately getting hospitalized,” CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “School sports, particularly team sports which people typically engage in close contact without masks. I think that is what’s explaining these surges of cases in young individuals.” The CDC recommends minimizing the time spent indoors and reduce the amount of time players spend in close contact with each other.

The B117 COVID variant was originally found in the U.K. and is about 50% more infectious than any other strain of the virus, according to researchers. Ad

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