Oh, puck If you want to play indoor ice hockey exactly the way you played it before 2020, you might want to put ice plans. A new publication in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) described how an indoor ice hockey game led to a Covid-19 coronavirus super-spreader event. There have also been other reports of outbreaks among ice hockey players including 18 members of the Yale hockey team who have been positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus over the past three days.
In the MMWR publication, David Atrubin, Michael Wiese, and Becky Bohinc from the Florida Department of Health detail what happened after an ice hockey game that took place in a Tampa Bay, Florida, in an indoor ice rink. When three members of a health department describe an ice hockey game, there is a decent chance that something went wrong. The game was fought by two 11-player teams against each other. Teams consist of men from 19 to 53 years of age.
Today this game was played on June 16, 2020. That is about three missed haircuts after the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic was declared a pandemic. That was about three months after public health experts started urging everyone to practice socially, you know the whole stay was six feet or a Denzel (because Denzel Washington was about six feet tall) from each other all the time.
However, a regular ice hockey game, which has no precedent for the Covid-19 coronavirus and what these people have been playing for 60 minutes, is not far off social. The only way to stay six feet apart while examining someone (which is essentially throwing your body at someone else in a non-romantic way) is to wear approximately 720 layers of clothing. Give or take a few layers, depending on which of those layers is pad or Spanx. Plus, players sit next to each other on the bench during the game and spend about 20 minutes before the game and 20 minutes after mixing and mixing the game.
Moreover, during an ice hockey game, there is a lot of heavy breathing. Not because there is avocado toast around but because there may be a lot of physical exertion. Deeper and more vigorous breathing can lead to more viruses being expelled from your nose and mouth if severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) occurs treating your body like a cheap motel.
Players do not wear face masks while also playing. Check it out Some people wear standard ice hockey face masks. These include face-to-face grocery carts in the face (metal cages) or transparent Boba Fett masks (plastic shields). Such masks will not really block everything that comes out of the players’ noses or mouths, except perhaps pieces of gum or hot dogs. For a face mask to protect others from you, it needs to tightly cover your nose and mouth.
Again the game takes place in an internal setting. Ice hockey is not usually played in a wind tunnel, so air circulation is not the same as outside. So to recapture: internal setting, people close to each other, heavy breathing, no masks. Not exactly the best setting to prevent Covid-19 coronavirus.
It usually takes about four to five days after initial exposure to SARS-CoV-2 before symptoms begin to appear, although the incubation period can be from two to 14 days. Sure enough, within five days of the game, 14 players (eight from one team and five from the rest) and a rink staff member began to experience Covid-19-y symptoms. Thirteen of these people completed a positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Only those who developed symptoms ended up being tested. So many people can be infected.
The fact that members of the same team as well as a member of the rink staff are infected suggests strongly that the transmission of the virus occurred in a game or immediately before or after it as opposed to elsewhere in the community. Of course, this assumes that the two teams and the rink staff member do not usually get along well with each other.
This is not the only time Covid-19 coronavirus seems to have taken over the rink. For example, on September 14, Carly Baldwin wrote for Patch about a cluster of 13 Covid-19 coronavirus infections among members of youth ice hockey teams training at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, NJ. On October 6, Ariel Hart and Helena Oliviero reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a junior hockey league game between a team from Georgia and a team from North Carolina that may have left more than 40 people infected. Then, on Friday, Julia Bialek reported for Yale Daily News that Yale University had shifted the Covid-19 alert level from green to yellow following the announcement that 18 members of the men’s hockey team had tested positive for SARS- CoV2 over the past three days.
This does not mean that you have to remove the puck from it and completely abandon the game of ice hockey. The National Hockey League (NHL) keeps the Stanley Cup playoff reasonable Covid-19 coronavirus free by putting their coaches and players in social bubbles and aggressively maintaining other measures to prevent virus. Of course, such social bubbling may not always be a practical option for you.
However, there are other possible adaptations. USA Hockey maintains a Covid-19 coronavirus website and offers a precautionary tip sheet that you can take. You can treat the game like a cheapskate in a restaurant and have a “no check” policy. That would mean maintaining at least one distance of Denzel from the rest at all times and without any physical contact. You can also get the puck outside, where there is more natural air ventilation, or somehow make sure additional steps are taken to increase air circulation and filtering. Avoid sharing any equipment or touching the puck. Reducing the number of people on the ice one at a time can also allow you to go further all the time. Continue to maintain distance while not on the ice. Doing each of these in a combination will greatly reduce your risk.
This CBC News The segment describes the changes that can occur in different hockey leagues:
As the Northern Hemisphere heads deeper into Autumn and soon Winter, you may want to rise to caution. As I wrote before for Forbes, virus transmission can be increased with lower temperature and lower relative humidity. This can be a particular problem for ice hockey because lower temperatures can be the difference between an ice rink and a swimming pool. Again this does not mean you have to drop all the ice hockey. You can still stick to some kind of sport, whether it’s drill or safe game adaptations. Don’t just puck around in a way that might expose you to the virus.