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The Health Board: international events must be postponed to the second half of the year

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The Health Board advises organizers of international events to postpone the upcoming events to the second half of the year due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Health Board proceeds its decision from the epidemiological situation in the world, especially in Estonia and the European Union. The Health Board adviser Karena Leiger said that the spread of the coronavirus in European countries shows that international events can encourage local spread of the coronavirus.

„This includes events, where participants from countries at risk, are expected,“ said Leiger and added that public and major events during the infectious disease season should definitely be avoided by elderly and chronic people. „Under no circumstances should people with medical conditions attend large public events.“

Local event organizers in Estonia are required to ensure the presence of health personnel as well as protective equipment for the staff (protective masks and gloves, disinfectants). If necessary, the body temperature of suspected people must be measured. In addition, a place for temporary isolation for affected people and for further examinations, to be taken home or to the hospital. The organizer must also proovide participants with quick nad convenient access to hand disinfection facilities in visible areas (lobbies, corridors, competition areas, changing rooms, toilets and other facilities). When arranging accommodation, participants from the same regioon should be accomodated on the same complex or floor to facilitate isolation, if necessary. On daily basis, the organizers must ensure sanitizers in public areas. Where necessary, door handles, other handles and dining tables must be disinfected. Tap handles should be disinfected on regular basis.

According to the risk assessment by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Health Board estimates that there is moderate to high likelihood in: China, Italy. Iran, South-Korea, Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria), France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Franche-Comté, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Île-de-France), Tyrol ski resorts in Austria, Spain (Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country), Japan, Singapore.

The Health Board does not recommend traveling to the areas virus outbreak because of the risk of community-based transmission of COVID-19.

If you have any concerns being infected with the coronavirus, call the family physician advisory line 1220 or +372 634 6630 (you can also call from abroad).

After returning from the risk area, you should monitor your health for 14 days, and if during that time you develop fever, cough or breathing difficulties, you should contact your doctor immediately and inform them of your travel to the risk area.

It is important to keep in mind that during this time of year, the number of respiratory infections usually increases.

Information about Coronavirus disease COVID-19 from here.

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