Updated 16 March
In light of the recent Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), the HBA wants to assure everyone that the health and well-being of our members, key stakeholders and community at large is of the utmost importance.
With our team of more than 400 volunteer leaders across the globe, we will continue to closely monitor updates from public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and will take measures at all upcoming events to increase sanitization efforts and minimize the spread of germs.
As you are aware, the situation and its potential impact remains fluid. At this time, as it relates to travel and public gatherings, the HBA is following guidance from the experts who affirm that individual risk is dependent on potential exposure to the virus.
The following questions may help you to make the best decision for you and/or your organization if you plan on hosting or attending an upcoming HBA event:
- Have you traveled to/from/through an affected area or mainland China in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with someone who recently traveled to/from/through an affected area or mainland China in the last 14 days? Close contact is defined as living with or being with a family member or friend for extended periods of time.
- Have you been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?
While attending our events, we ask you to practice general flu prevention, including:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you are feeling ill; call your doctor to let them know your symptoms and travel history
We are encouraged that our industry of healthcare professionals will find a way to contain and end this epidemic so we can embrace a much more positive outlook for the future.
As the impact of the Coronavirus evolves, you can count on the HBA to provide to you with information and updates. In the interim, we encourage our meeting organizers and attendees to practice safe and smart public health habits.
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