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Comment 13 Sep 2020

Aaron Baggish (the cardiologist quoted above who spoke on the NCAA's official social media channel on Friday) said he believes myocarditis screenings are only necessary for athletes who test positive for COVID-19 and also have moderate or severe symptoms, because otherwise healthy people who get COVID and are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms shouldn't be at increased risk of myocarditis.

Comment 13 Sep 2020

I'm not going to pretend to be a doctor, but both the study itself and Dr. Rajpal when I talked to him used the phrasing of “had late gadolinium enhancement.” We also did have a doctor write about this topic a month ago if that makes you feel better: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/11w/2020/08/115705/a-heart-condition-linked-to-covid-19-has-impacted-the-decision-to-cancel-fall-sports-perhaps-unnecessarily

As for the data showing that all four athletes who had myocarditis symptoms were men, I did ask Dr. Rajpal about that and here's what he said: “Just from our study, I don’t think we can use something like statistical significance, because it was a small study. And to really call something that, we would need a control group. But from previous studies of myocarditis that were done, not on COVID but other viral infections, we know that myocarditis has the tendency to affect males more. But we don’t know why that is the case.”