Euro 2020: Soccer Fandom May Be Driving Covid-19 Infections in English Men

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    Increased social mixing during the European Championship soccer tournament may be driving Covid-19 infections among English men higher than among women, researchers said.

    Men in England had an adjusted 30% increased chance of testing positive compared with women from June 24 to July 5, according to a study led by scientists at Imperial College London. The risk of contracting the virus is normally fairly equal, and the difference could be linked to gatherings to watch the sports event, the researchers said in a news briefing.

    “There’s lots of evidence that mixing inside is more likely to result in transmission than mixing outside,” Steven Riley, a professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial, said at the briefing. “It could be that watching football is resulting in more men having more social activity than usual.”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week suggested that the size of the Euro crowds at London’s Wembley Stadium should be limited, saying they might contribute to the virus’s spread. U.K. bars and pubs have also been filled with fans as England progressed to the latter stages of the competition.

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