As gyms being to reopen, the World Health Organization has been quick to warn those returning to fitness centers to be careful if a local outbreak occurs in their area.
WHO executive director Michael Ryan said, “If there’s no disease in the community, then the gym is safe.”
But he did have this warning: “I do, though, think in areas with intense community transmission…I would probably keep gyms closed. You put people together in a closed environment, particularly where they engage in strenuous activity that may involve them producing droplets, heavy breathing…Gyms have been shown in this outbreak to be associated with higher levels of transmission.”
Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist at the WHO, added, “There are other ways that you can exercise. It’s really important to stay physically fit. And so there are different things that people can do – they can run outside or they can do an exercise class in their homes.”