The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in many parts of the world makes it necessary to raise the awareness of this disease and the possibility of developing symptoms and spread of the virus during the Raw Air Tournament. As of 3rd March 2020 a total of 25 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Norway. Nearly all the cases are associated with travelling to strongly affected areas.
Athletes, team members, other staff, visitors and volunteers who:
- have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing (especially people recently stayed in areas with ongoing spread of COVID-19. These areas are currently mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto) OR
- have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
should consult their local health authorities and/or medical team responsible to decide if they should take part in the Raw Air events, both for the sake of their own health situation and for the risk of spreading the virus.
Measures to help stop virus like coronavirus spreading
During the tournament, everyone should take measures to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow (not your hands).
- put used tissues in the bin immediately
- keep personal contact (like hugging and handshaking) to a minimum. Find alternative ways to show your appreciation!
Facemasks play an important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of benefit for members of the public.
For more information about coronavirus go to the website of NorwgianInstitute of Public Health, NIPH (FHI)