It will not have escaped your attention that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is sweeping through the world and judging from the prominence it has in the media, you could be forgiven if you were now thinking “we are all doomed!” The reality is, we aren’t.
Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses that are common in people, with Coronavirus COVID-19 being a new and previously unidentified form of this virus that because it is new, currently has no vaccine against. Whilst it is true that COVID-19 has shown to have a higher mortality rate than seasonal flu (with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe and in a few rare instances, illness resulting in death), for most people contracting COVID-19, the symptoms will either be mild flu like or in some cases, none at all and after a week's illness, they will recover.
With the exception of the small number of people who either have, or are at risk of developing the COVID 19 infection because of contacting / potentially contacting someone who has it, the majority of the population will fall into either a 'before' or 'after' category.
For all the 'after's' who have had the infection and then recovered, current consensus is that they will be immune from further re-infection and not be a carrier.
For the 'before's' who have yet to contract, precautions are still necessary.
We would like to assure people that registrations are still being taken and that the event is still going ahead. As a number of people attending will still be in the 'before' category, we are therefore asking that:
Competitors and onlookers who either have Coronaviris COVID 19, or within 14 days of the event, have come into contact with anyone who might be carrying Coronaviris COVID 19, MUST NOT ATTEND.
Competitors will be asked to confirm at registration that they do not have, or within 14 days of the event, have not come into contact with anyone who might be carrying Coronaviris COVID 19 and if they have had it, a minimum period of 14 days has elapsed since their illness.
Competitors are advised the importance of not touching moist tissue areas such as eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands and to clean their hands with soap and water regularly.
There is an excellent article by a chemistry professor who explains: why soap is so good at killing COVID-19.
It's quite fascinating and well worth a read.
For a very clever video on just how easy it is to transmit a virus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o9SxDFPUiA
DID YOU KNOW ... Most cases of COVID-19 are self inflicted? As we don’t live in a society where people stick their fingers in your eyes, up your nose / in your mouth, the only person who can do this to you … is you. Placing your hands on a surface that has (or could have) micro bodily fluid residue from an infected person and then touching your own soft tissue areas (eyes, nose, mouth etc.) before washing your hands is the best way to infect youself, hence the emphasis on regular good hand washing. Combine good personal hygiene with avoiding the urge to scratch, rub or pick your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and you have the best way to keep yourself safe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick or might be sick.