Non-SARS-CoV-2 Respiratory Viruses in Athletes at Major Winter Sport Events, 2021 and 2022

Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 Oct;28(10):2096-2099. doi: 10.3201/eid2810.220478.


We performed prospective studies on respiratory viral infections among Team Finland participants during the 2021 Oberstdorf World Ski Championships and the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. We enrolled 73 athletes and 110 staff members. Compared with similar studies we conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic, illnesses and virus detections dropped by 10-fold.

Keywords: COVID-19; Finland; Olympics; SARS-CoV-2; athletes; common cold; coronavirus disease; respiratory infections; respiratory viruses; rhinovirus; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; sport events; viruses; winter sports.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Athletes
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Prospective Studies
  • Viruses*