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Return to sport for North American professional sport leagues in the context of COVID-19

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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (operational definition of less than 6 ft for 15 min or more)1 through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, chest pain, fatigue, and new loss of smell or taste, which, if they appear, typically begin 2–14 days after exposure, but typically at 5–6 days. Asymptomatic and presymptomatic sheddings of SARS-CoV-2 have been reported and resulted in transmission to others. A range of clinical scenarios exist, from an asymptomatic disease course to SARS, with potentially fatal outcome. COVID-19 affects people of all ages, but certain factors are associated with higher risk of severe illness, such as individuals who are over age 60 years who have an

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