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Coronavirus update - 13 March 2020

Friday 13th March 2020

Oxford Tri is continuing to train during their weekly sessions. Currently, there is no Government or sector advice to indicate that there is any reason for our activities to be disrupted; while this remains the case, we will continue to train.

As the situation is evolving rapidly, members will be contacted as soon as possible if there is a  significant change in plans – we will be adhering to the guidelines according to the   England Athletics Coronavirus Page and the  British Triathlon Coronavirus  Page which has been updated following the latest guidance from  Public Health England (PHE)  and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The government has confirmed people must now self-isolate for 7 days if they have a new persistent cough or have a temperature over 37.8 degrees Celsius, even it symptoms recede. So it goes without saying if you have a new cough or a fever, please don't come to training sessions. 
If you have a mild cold/sniffles without fever or an existing cough you have had for a while (pre-Corona) and you believe you are fit to exercise then you can attend training (although please consider whether this is, in fact, a good idea and be considerate to others. 

In addition to the above, the UK Government is now advising that anyone who has returned from Italy since 9 March should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. You should also follow this advice if you’ve returned from the following areas in the past 14 days: Iran; special care zones in South Korea (as designated by the Government of South Korea)

Other Government advice remains unchanged. If you have returned from the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111 (you do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms): mainland China outside of Hubei province; South Korea outside of the special care zones; Cambodia; Hong Kong; Japan; Laos; Macau; Malaysia; Myanmar; Singapore; Taiwan; Thailand; Vietnam.
We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any triathlon, athletics or training event or activity to the following general advice:

  • Frequently clean your hands in soap and water for 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand rub (60%+).

  • If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.

  • Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or a cough.

  • Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces, etc.

  • If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone.

  • Athletes and runners are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponents or official