CDC boss Rochelle Walensky says youth sports fueling uptick in COVID-19 cases

CDC boss Rochelle Walensky says youth sports fueling uptick in COVID-19 cases


Youth sports are helping to fuel the worrisome rise in COVID-19 cases among young people, the head of the CDC said Monday.

“We are learning that many outbreaks in young people are related to youth sports and extracurricular activities,’’ Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the federal agency’s director, said at a White House briefing.

“This is among 18-to-24-year-olds where we’re actually seeing some peaks in cases,’’ she said. “Cases are increasing nationally, and we’re seeing this predominantly in younger adults.’’

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The latest daily average of new US cases in the past week is 4,970, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief — or up 3 percent from the daily average during the previous seven-day period.

Walenksy stressed that the way to combat the uptick was through health protocols such as testing.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky says “many outbreaks in young people are related to youth sports.”AP

She said it is still unclear whether the virus’s more transmissible variants may

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