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EXPERT WARNS YOUNG MEN COULD POTENTIALLY BE SPREADING COVID WHILST WATCHING FOOTBALL WITH THEIR MATES

Young men watching the football at home with their mates could be spreading Covid, an expert has warned.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science, said “people at home not taking precautions” are the main concern, rather than fans at the matches.

The University of St Andrews professor said new data from Scotland shows the infection rate is now three times higher for young men.

“I saw data yesterday from Scotland showing that whereas two or three weeks ago, the ratio of males and females, men and women, who get infections is roughly the same, now it’s about three times higher for younger men, and the obvious explanation for that is people meeting up at home, forgetting restrictions,” he said.

Coronavirus is known to spread more easily inside with limited ventilation, with people more likely to be sharing snacks and drinks, adding to the possibility of transmission.





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