Update #5 – Sport Advisory on COVID-19
As provided to AOA from the CSIO. https://www.csiontario.ca/news/advisory-covid-19
UPDATE #5 | MARCH 17, 2020
This joint message is from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee comprised of Chief Medical Officers from the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN). It is meant to guide National Sporting Organizations (NSOs) in decision-making with respect to travel to competitions within and outside Canada. Information has been obtained from the World Health Organization, Government of Canada and Australian Institute of Sports websites. Other references are listed in this document. This advisory will be updated regularly and distributed to NSOs and other high performance sport partners.
COVID-19 is a virus in the coronavirus family. Coronaviruses in this family are responsible for illnesses that range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). COVID-19 is a new virus and so health officials are still learning about its impact and severity. At this time, it appears to cause an illness similar to the flu with the most common signs of infection being fever, cough and shortness of breath. In severe cases patients can develop pneumonia, severe respiratory distress, kidney failure and death.
Recommendations for protecting yourself and preventing spread of this illness include frequent hand washing and covering both your nose and mouth when coughing. Try to cough or sneeze into your arm, away from others, or into tissue paper (to be disposed in toilet). Wash your hands immediately afterwards. You should avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
What to do if you think you have COVID-19
Because the early symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, if you have any of the common symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) you should contact your doctor’s office and arrange to have a consultation.
At this time, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. The goals of medical management are to identify other treatable causes of illness (such as influenza), manage any complications from COVID-19 and provide advice on how to limit the transmission from known cases. There are efforts internationally to produce a vaccine and to identify if any of the currently available antiviral medications are effective and safe. An update is expected to be released in mid- 2020. A vaccine will likely take longer as it will have to go through longer clinical trials to confirm safety and efficacy.
Travel Advisories as of March 17, 2020:
All countries recommend no travel and require 14-day self-isolation upon return.
Further information about COVID-19 may be obtained from your NSO Chief Medical Officer or Team Physician, or the Chief Medical Officers of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mike Wilkinson Canadian Olympic Committee email@example.com
Dr. Andy Marshall Canadian Paralympic Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Suzanne Lecler Institut National du Sport du Québec email@example.com
Dr. Doug Richards Canadian Sport Institute Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brian Benson Canadian Sport Institute Calgary email@example.com
Dr. Paddy McCluskey Canadian Sport Institute Pacific firstname.lastname@example.org