For those of you who’ve not seen this COVID-19 pickleball video, it’s great information from a health care professional AND avid pickleball player. The creator, Hank Weiss, PhD, MH, MS – Epidemiologist understands our desire to play, but gives us the science as it relates to pickleball. Here’s the pickleball play facts during COVID-19.
As the pandemic reaches more areas in America and abroad, and our beloved pickleball courts are closed, it’s important to understand why. Hank does a great job explaining the reasons why it makes sense.
I reached out to Hank to inquire if there was anything he’d like to add since publishing this coronavirus video on March 31 and he shared: “I think most of the viewers got that message and were or are now abiding by it. This is hard on everyone who is dedicated to the game, but these are not normal times. Everyone has to do their part to slow the spread of the virus to protect each other and our health care workers.”
Here are a couple comments/questions from viewers of the video:
One respondent suggested this idea-
Singles play – players could use balls of a different color or marking and only serve with your ball and scoot the other ball back to your opponent without touching it, so you wouldn’t touch the other players ball.
Viewer Pickleball Rocks ASKS:
“One issue we see that wasn’t covered and maybe it’s not an issue: An hour before we get to the courts with our “safe” family to play, an infected, but asymptomatic player standing at the kitchen line sneezes. Now our group comes onto the court to play and at the end of our very first point, the freshly washed ball rolls through the area of the court where the player sneezed one hour early. Will the court hold the virus and transmit it to the ball in a case like this? Now we pick up an infected ball and unknowingly touch our face. What just happened?”
Hank Weiss REPLIES:
“That’s really a good question. Possible exposure could take place. but pretty low risk from the droplets hitting the ground assuming most of surface wasn’t contaminated. Exposure and drying will kill some of the virus. Some will dry and blow away. Unknown how much virus left would transfer to a moving ball. There are indoor surface studies showing evidence of virus can hang around but how infectious those remnants are is not clear. As long as the person before was not coughing much or spitting out phlegm my guess is pretty low risk, but you raise the issue you wouldn’t know about that persons behavior and what they left behind. Ball hygiene and hand washing would also keep risk down.”
So now you have some pickleball play facts during these times of coronavirus or COVID-19. Feel free to share/forward this post with your pickleball pals.
Be safe my pickleball friends. Hugs!