TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – From power play to supers spread! A Tampa Bay area recreational hockey game will be blamed for snatching a COVID-19 outbreak, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control.
Infectious disease experts refer to a “supers spreading” event as an infection in which a minority of people are responsible for a large proportion of new infections. In this case, the report describes an adult male hockey player who became infected with at least 14 other people in a game on Tuesday, June 16th.
According to the report, co-authored by Hillsborough and Pinellas public health officials, each team had 11 players that night. The “supers spreading”; went into the game contagious but anonymously.
The next day, the “supersebar” began to experience symptoms. The coronavirus test he took on June 19 returned positive.
During the four days of the hockey game, which consisted of all the men aged 19-53 per report, eight of the patient’s teammates and five players on the opposing team were the hallmarks. An employee at the rink was also made.
The report does not specify which province the outbreak took place. The Florida Department of Health has not clarified, a spokesman for the Hillsborough office says 8 On your side he could not comment on epidemiological investigations.
The TGH Iceplex at Brandon and Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar and Clearwater all offer ample league games on Tuesday nights. As of this writing, no one has responded to requests for comment on 8 On Your Side.
According to Dr. Tom Unnasch at the University of South Florida, “broader events” are more likely to occur than we realize or make public. By definition, a “supers spread” is commonly referred to as a person infected by five or more people.
However, without more intensive and effective communication monitoring, Unnasch said Florida and the United States could not fully connect the dots.
“To find something you have to look for it,” Unnasch said. “So we can’t really say what makes a supersebarer at this point.”
Unnasch added that the researchers believe that both individuals and the environment contribute to wider events. Some people have been shown to carry anywhere from 50-1,000 times more viruses to their system than most patients.
A hockey game would be a susceptible environment, he said, as a close contact sport with heavy breathing in an enclosed space. Cold temperatures can also help the virus to survive.
Scattered events related to youth recreation and hockey have also been recorded recently in other states including Alaska and New Jersey.