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Is it safe to go to my gym or exercise class?

There’s been a lot of talk about gyms lately. A large COVID-19 outbreak was recently tracked back to a fitness studio in Hamilton, Ont. But many gym owners argue that not all fitness facilities are the same. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla explains how we can reduce our risk.
An empty gym is seen in Montreal, where fitness facilities have been closed as public health officials try to curb the spread of COVID-19. Some Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners are arguing that not all fitness facilities pose the same risk. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

There's been a lot of talk about gyms lately. A COVID-19 outbreak that infected dozens of people was recently tracked back to a fitness studio in Hamilton, Ont., even though the operators had taken precautions.

At the same time, several gym owners in COVID hot spots argue that not all fitness facilities pose the same risk. Plus, we know exercise is key to physical and mental health during these stressful times.

Dr. Zain Chagla, infectious disease specialist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and associate professor of medicine at McMaster University,  joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to explain how we can reduce our risk and stay well.

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