There is currently an outbreak of a coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, affecting over 100 countries and territories. This article provides information on coronavirus and how your club can help keep members and staff safe and informed.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a common virus around the world. There are currently seven known strains of the virus that infect people, four of which typically cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness (similar to a common cold). More recent strains, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) cause more severe illness.
The current outbreak is SARS-CoV2, which causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
How Is Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus spreads person-to-person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets land on surfaces, and the disease is spread when a person touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Evidence suggests the virus can live on surfaces for several hours to a several days, depending on factors like the type of surface and temperature. The droplets can also be inhaled, which is why the WHO recommends staying at least three feet (one meter) away from persons who are sick or coughing. This is similar to how influenza and common colds are spread. Current research suggests the virus is not spread through the air.
Some coronavirus strains may be more contagious than others. It appears most cases of COVID-19 are spread between close contacts like family members.