Montgomery County contact tracers warn that youth sports is a leading causes of Covid-19 community spread

Written by on August 11, 2020

Montgomery County contact tracers warn that youth sports is a leading causes of Covid-19 community spread 

By Megan Frank

August 11, 2020

Pennsylvania officials are recommending that all youth sports be cancelled until at least January, and contact tracers in Montgomery County are warning that youth sports is one of the leading causes of community spread of Covid-19 in the county. WLVR’s Megan Frank reports. 

Over the last two weeks, a number of children who play organized sports around Montgomery County have become infected with COVID-19.

The county’s Office of Public Health says entire teams have had to quarantine for 14 days and at least one coach was infected. 

While the players may want to get back out on the field, Dr. Robert Fischer, an infectious disease specialist at Einstein Medical Center, says parents have to consider how they can keep all members of their family safe.

“The risk of a severe or fatal outcome for children is small, but it’s not zero. Clearly, some sports are better than others in regards to social distancing being possible. Parents have to make a decision. If you have several generations living in the same household, you may want to think twice about allowing a child to play a sport,” said Fischer.

Fischer says any kids who play sports this year should take all of the safety precautions—like social distancing and wearing a mask—seriously. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 97,000 children nationwide have tested positive during the last two weeks of July. Fischer says any kids who play sports this year should take all safety precautions—like social distancing and wearing a mask—seriously.

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