A recent study, led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, suggests that sports equipment is unlikely to be a major cause of virus transmission. For the purposes of the Strike study, the researchers applied a dose of coronavirus to different types of sporting equipment, including red and white cricket balls, cricket gloves, golf balls, footballs, rugby balls, tennis balls, horse saddles and gym mats. The study found that there is an exponential reduction in Covid-19 virus recoverable from a range of sports equipment after only a short period of time, and that its transmission requires a significant inoculum to be transferred from equipment to the mucous membranes of another individual. The study also found that the virus was more transferable on non-porous equipment, like rugby balls or racing saddles, as compared to absorbent materials like tennis balls, cricket balls or cricket gloves, from which it is less transferable. The researchers concluded that, considering the rapid loss of viral load, it seems “unlikely” that any sports hardware is a major cause for Covid-19 transmission. Therefore, they suggest that infection control measures in sports should be better directed at areas other than reducing the sharing of sports equipment. On the other hand, they encourage sports equipment manufacturers to consider using materials that absorb or retain a virus as a way of reducing viral transmission from sports equipment. The study, posted online as a pre-print version earlier this month, is awaiting peer review.