Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community, according to the CDC.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. SJJIF recommends that individuals and dojos implement CDC recommended preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties
Preventive actions for indivduals, according to the CDC are as follows:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick, do not go to your dojo for practice.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Seek immediate medical advice if you show signs or symptoms.
Preventative actions for dojos include:
- Inform students of preventive actions for individuals, according to the CDC and noted above.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- More frequently and appropriately clean mats, using a disinfectant that will kill viruses.
SJJIF places at the highest priority the safety and health of all individuals involved in our events and are working closely with continental and national federations who are working closely with their respective governing bodies, following health official updates and progress of the disease to determine if event postponement is recommended.
For more information on COVID-19 we recommend visiting www.who.int or www.cdc.gov.