Study: Covid-19 transmission in fitness centers in Norway - a randomized trial. Image Credit :Naeblys

With the outbreak of the 2019 cholera virus (CVD-19) worldwide, many governments have been forced to take costly and restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the disease. At the start of the epidemic, there was little information as to which activities could increase the spread of the disease, so many countries chose large-scale measures. These include mandatory masks, closure of public places, and orders to stay indoors altogether.

Locks were lame for many businesses. While many gyms, training facilities, and other public places were closed, scientists have seen a decline in physical activity and many individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle. In a study published in BMC Public HealthResearchers at the University of Oslo are overseeing the opening of several fitness centers in Norway.

The study

The researchers examined five fitness centers in Oslo, specifically the open airway, to investigate the risk of contagious SARS-CoV-2 transmission among random participants. All other fitness centers in the country have been closed. Any fitness center member between the ages of 18 and 65 is eligible to participate as long as they are not at risk of serious illness. Eligible individuals are assigned to a fitness center or control group.

The researchers proposed a number of measures designed to reduce the spread in all fitness centers. For maximum physical activity, a height of about two feet[2 m]is required for all individuals. No physical contact was allowed, pesticides were given at all workplaces, the user cleaned all equipment after exercise, and facilities were regularly cleaned by staff. The lids on the garbage cans have been removed, individuals 19 Signs of Kovid They have been denied access, and staff have confirmed that no congestion has occurred. All participants were sent a test kit by mail and a tube with transport media.

Beauty was analyzed using a commercially available RT-PCR test. Thirty days after the study, participants were asked to donate a spot spot card, which was then analyzed using anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies using a multi-flow cytometric test called a microfiber affinity proteomics (MAP).

After being randomly assigned, removing unqualified individuals and removing multiple licenses, 3,664 participants were enrolled, half of whom were assigned to training in facilities or control teams. During the two-week RNA SARS-CoV-2 infection test, only one patient assigned to a fitness center received a positive test – and this individual did not use the fitness center until the test.

Contact search has been shown to be a primary infection in the individual’s workplace. No arrests were made. 83.4% returned anti-virus kits to the researchers. Eleven individuals assigned to fitness centers showed positive results against SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, compared with 27 individuals in the control group. None of the staff tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 using antibodies or RNA kit.

The researchers identified a number of potential problems with their data. In general, there were more women in the training than in the control group and the control group was on average larger than the training group. Being male and over are both susceptible to covide-19, which can interfere with the outcome. Emotional analysis, however, suggests that the results are strong enough, with sufficient statistical power, that this should not affect the outcome.


The researcher’s emphasis is that strict adherence to disease control measures does not increase the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in fitness centers. However, they warn that these measures are strictly enforced in the experiment and that small strict measures may lead to different results. They also emphasize that the epidemic will not be investigated if the centers are opened without any sanitation measures or social distance during the outbreak.

On June 15, 2020, the Norwegian government opened all such facilities, as long as the institutions comply with the same restrictions set out in this study. Although many countries have completed the isolation and locking procedures, differences continue to arise, and this information may be useful in determining the need to close fitness centers in the future.