A number of athletes and parents have been asking for advice in relation to the coronavirus. The situation is changing daily with regards to travel and at the time of writing (31/01/2020) the FCO is advising “against all travel to Hubei Province” and “against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao)”.
The FIE has informed us that the Senior Women’s Epee World Cup 20-22 March 2020 will now be held in Tashkent (UZB) on the same dates.
The Foil Grand Prix scheduled on 15-17 May 2020 in China will now be held in Dubai (UAE) on the same dates.
In the meantime the advice BF has been given is that there is no urgent requirement for athletes to take any specific precautions other than those you would typically take to avoid catching flu at this time of year.
Athletes suffering from any form of compromised immune system or possible illness should seek medical advice before travelling and competing.
The situation with the coronavirus is changing daily so we recommend monitoring the government advice.
It is recommended following these measures to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:
WHO does not recommend any specific health measures such as isolation unless travellers experience any symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness either during or after travelling, in which case they are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their healthcare provider.
As the situation develops as this advice may change – please ensure that you regularly check.
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