Skiing Activities Could Carry Coronavirus Infection Risk

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Downhill skiing itself doesn't put people at high risk for COVID-19, but activities associated with the sport could, the World Health Organization said Monday.

"I suspect many people won't be infected barreling down the slopes on their skis," Dr. Michael Ryan said at a WHO news briefing, the Associated Press reported.

"The real issues are going to come at airports, tour buses taking people to and from ski resorts, ski lifts... and places where people come together," Ryan explained.

"We would advise that all countries look at the their ski season and other reasons for mass gathering," he said, and noted that indoor socializing after skiing might be particularly risky, the AP reported.

A number of European countries have closed ski areas to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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