On February 24, reports published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailed two COVID-19 outbreaks at fitness centers. This article describes what the reports found, and what they mean for the fitness club industry.
Alexandra Black Larcom
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