How Coronavirus Is Affecting Gyms and Fitness Clubs

Gyms in Wuhan, China – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak – were swiftly turned into makeshift hospitals as Chinese officials tried to cope with the outbreak. In other parts of China, group fitness studios and weight rooms sit empty by mandate or choice as gym-goers fear the spread of the disease.Like schools and places of worship, fitness facilities have been temporarily shuttered around the globe in response to the spread of the coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19. It’s all in an attempt to halt community spread, meaning an illness with an unknown source of infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed last week that has already happened in the U.S. in a case in Santa Clara, California.“In cities that have been hit hard, I think it’s a prudent decision,” Tara C. Smith, a professor of epidemiology at Kent State University and infectious disease expert, told Men’s Health. “It makes sense to close public places—at least for a brief …

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