Gyms Are Still Dangerous Despite SOP Implementations
Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 early last year, multiple COVID clusters has been linked to fitness facilities all over Malaysia. Places such as Club Aloha, Hustle Lifestyle, Ministry of Burn, Tribe Boxing, Union Strength have all reported cases thus forcing them to shut down temporarily along with the entire industry collectively.
Now that the cases has dropped in Malaysia, gyms and other fitness centres has been allowed to reopen under much stricter SOP’s. That said, it should be safe to head back to the gym right? Well, health experts suggest otherwise.
According to Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, he found that even when people stay 6 feet apart while exercising, transmission of the deadly virus can still occur as heavy breathing contributes to the spread. He went on to add, “Rapid and sustained breathing for prolonged periods of time increases the risk of viral spread by aerosols, which can remain in a room up to 3 hours, particularly in poorly ventilated settings.”
Dr. Keri L. Denay, the medical director of Briarwood Family and Sports Medicine and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor also went on to state that “exercising in an indoor facility during a pandemic like COVID, especially with high-intensity activities, is a major risk,”
You may be wondering then, “well we all have to wear masks in the gym anyway right?”, which brings us to the next point. Although it is currently mandatory to wear masks at public places at all times, some gym-goers tend to bend this rule by taking it off during their workouts and putting it back on during their rest time.
As most people who frequent gyms would know, working out requires a lot of exertion and heavy breathing, so it may not be very comfortable to wear a mask altogether. This is why the risk of COVID spread is still very much prevalent to gym-goers. So the next time you’re in the mood for a workout, purchase some dumbbells’ or try some high-intensity home exercises.