NEWS STORY. 15/11/2022
The latest edition of the Revista Española de Quimioterapia (Spanish Chemotherapy Journal) features an article that analyses the measures taken by Real Madrid in order to minimise the impact of COVID among the players and technical staff that make up the club's football and basketball teams. In the article entitled 'Impact and control of the COVID pandemic in athletes at an elite sports club: Real Madrid', the medical publication emphasises the protocol set up by the medical services departments at our club to avoid a large-scale infection among the squads and explains: "Real Madrid is a large elite sports institution which has facilities where 600 athletes train every day. The rate of COVID infection during a study period of 671 days of observation among professional and amateur athletes at the club was 0.74 per 1,000 days of exposure".
In terms of the measures implemented at Real Madrid City, the study identifies three areas for action:
1. Implementation of coexisting bubbles.
2. Preventive management measures for the coexisting groups in each bubble: frequent testing, monitoring of close contacts, reporting of health status and potential symptoms, tight access control to Real Madrid City and compulsory use of masks inside the facilities.
3. Management criteria for those infected and their close contacts: isolation of infected individuals and testing of close contacts, monitoring of the infected patients' daily evolution by telephone, control test at least 5, 7 and 10 days post-diagnosis, mandatory cardiovascular check-up for medical discharge and stress test if deemed appropriate by the cardiologist.
Consequently, the article in the Spanish Chemotherapy Journal stresses that "the condition was asymptomatic or showed few or no symptoms in all athletes and required no hospital admissions. The teams were not required to suspend any of their sporting commitments owing to COVID throughout the study period and there was no evidence of outbreaks of internal transmission between members of the different teams".