CDC finds coronavirus easily spreads in gyms

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The CDC warns that gyms have a higher transmission rate than other places due to group exercise classes and warning people to take extra precautions when working out.

“Throughout the entire time we have been able to limit class sizes and limit how many people we have in the building,” Fit-Central Owner Joel Capra, said. “Each member has a designated, we call it a pod, where they stay within a certain amount of square footage, they don’t share any equipment, and they just have their own equipment for the entire workout.”

But staying vigilant doesn’t just fall on the business.

Members of the gym must ensure they are keeping other members as safe as possible too.

“Our members here, they look out for their gym like everybody is connected here,” Synergy Health Manager Steven Cunningham said. “So whenever anybody has anything or is feeling sick, they won’t even attempt to come into the gym.”

“Our members have been great throughout this whole process,” Capra said. “And if one of them gets tested and they test positive, they are following the precautions and quarantining.”

Now that the vaccines are rolling out, attendance numbers have increased.

“When they first started with the shots, we have doctors that work out here, and they were offering giving us forms that we can give out to some of our seniors,” said Cunningham.

“The more people that have gotten vaccinated, as of late, we have seen a huge increase in gym membership, ” Capra said. “And there have been a lot more people come back out.”

But that doesn’t mean to let your guard down, the CDC says to be sure to follow guidelines for social distancing.

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