Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updated 12th March 2020
Lacrosse Scotland is keeping a watching brief on the advice from the experts however, at the moment, planned events are going ahead. It is our combined responsibility to help with the containment efforts.
If you’ve been to one of the affected countries in the last 14 days or you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it then the advice being given is that you must:
- stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next
If you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild, either a new continuous cough or a high temperature, then you should stay at home for at least 7 days to protect others.
Although we have been advised that it is not necessary to cancel events no-one should feel under pressure to play, coach or umpire if they are concerned for themselves or anyone close to them who might be more likely to become severely ill with the virus e.g. older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease)
NHS advice, on how to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus, is
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
NHS: information about coronavirus, what it is, how to avoid it and what to do if you catch it
NHS: common questions
WHO: online training to help us to learn how to fight the coronavirus
WHO: World Health Organisation Q&A covers many of the questions that we are all asking
Scottish Government: publish daily stats and so far the numbers in Scotland are low, but we cannot be complacent – we need to follow all the advice so we can protect ourselves, but also those most at risk
We will keep an eye on advice as and when it is made available and update the website should the advice change.