Joint ONLINE workshop of IDLab and LSS
Petr Parshakov presented the results of a new study on the spread of COVID-19
At a joint workshop between IDLab and the Laboratory of Sports Studies (LSS), Peter Parshakov presented the research "The Spread of COVID-19 and Attending Football Matches: Lesson from Belarus".
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down sporting events. However, the Belarusian Premier League was the only top-flight European league not suspended during COVID-19 pandemics. This study analyses the effect of attending football matches on the number of COVID-19 cases. The results show, that 1% growth in match attendance in a region increases the number of COVID-19 cases by 0.15%-0.48% percent. This evidence might be interesting for sports leagues that develop their reopening policies.