After school activities are creating groups where the coronavirus can spread among children, said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We know some of these increases are due to higher transferable variables that we are monitoring closely,” Walensky said on Monday at a briefing of the White House COVID-19 response team.
The virus was linked to a high school wrestling match in Florida last December in which 38 people tested positive, according to a CDC report released in January.
In Minnesota, the SARS-CoV-2 variant of B.1
.1.7 was spread by Carver County, with at least 68 cases linked to youth sports activities such as hockey, wrestling and basketball, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Researchers reporting in the journal Cell in March found that the new coronavirus, found in the UK, is 50 percent more infectious than other strains in the United States.
The CDC recommends that children limit participation in youth sports and follow specific guidelines when participating in that type of activity. The organization has identified nearly a dozen different recommendations, including minimizing the time spent indoors and reducing the amount of time players spend in close contact.
Dr. Anthony Fosi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns about the spread of COVID-19 among children attending youth sports.
“We found it to be a team sport where the boys came together, with apparently many people without masks that were driving it rather than spreading in the classroom,” Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday. Good Morning America. “” When you look back and try to keep track of where these cases came from in school, that’s it. “
It’s safe in the yard
CNN medical analyst Leana Wen said there may be a higher risk of transmission of Covid-19.
She advises children to play outdoors whenever possible and not share water bottles. Children need to be extremely alert in locker areas and changing rooms.
Parents should educate themselves about their sports league protocols if a player tests positive, Wen said. Some of the questions she recommends parents to ask are: “Will they be contacted immediately if there is a positive case? How can they follow up?”
Wen said it is important to be on the lookout as the Covid-19 species has evolved.
“With a more coherent pattern, it means that activities we think are safer now have a higher risk,” Wen said.
CNN’s Jen Christensen and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.