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One-Third of Tested Big 10 Athletes With Coronavirus Have Heart Inflammation

One-Third of Tested Big 10 Athletes With Coronavirus Have Heart Inflammation”

Penn State's statement to ESPN went on to say that no Penn State players who tested positive for COVID-19 has myocarditis.

Penn State team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli gives a troubling take on COVID, then walks it back. "We don't know why it happens, we don't know who it's happening in, but some of the testing that has occurred across the Big Ten has revealed roughly 30% of the athletes reveal this inflammation".

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Sebastianelli said it's unclear how long myocarditis may last and whether it would affect how athletes perform in the future. It's still very early in the infection.

According to a spokesperson in the university's Office of Marketing and Communications, Sebastianelli was sharing "initial preliminary data that had been verbally shared by a colleague on a forthcoming study, which unbeknownst to him at the time had been published at a lower rate".

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Myocarditis, which in severe cases can be fatal, was one of the drivers behind the Big Ten's decision to postpone the coming season with the possibility to return this winter or spring. "We don't know that".

KJ Hamler #1 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on with fans during the second half of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium on November 30, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania.

"As time advanced and after hours of conversation with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it ended up being generously clear that there was excessive unpredictability relating to prospective medical threats to permit our ..."

Sebastianelli in his comments noted that the high incidence of myocarditis among the student athletes may not be a centrally complicating factor. "While the data on cardiomyopathy is preliminary and incomplete, the uncertain risk was unacceptable at this time", wrote Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren in a statement last month.

In a video of Sebastinaelli's comments to the school board, he also expressed uncertainty about what the long-term effect of myocarditis really is and added that "many cardiologists feel this is a finding that is incidental and may not warrant any further investigation or concern".



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