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Gym bunnies rejoice: you’re not at raised risk of infection, study finds

Research in Norway backs the case for health facilities to reopen, although some experts aren’t convinced

Marcus Parekh

The world’s first study into reopening gyms during the coronavirus pandemic has suggested that they do not increase the risk of contracting Covid-19.

In a boost for the gym industry as it pushes for the government to lift the ban, a study into five gyms allowed to open in Norway found that fears over their safety may have been overstated.

Scientists have been reluctant to recommend reopenings as they class gyms as well as indoor swimming pools as places where the risk of transmission is high. The enclosed spaces, heavy breathing and circulated air are thought to help the disease spread through droplets...

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