Coronavirus Soccer Update
Good Evening Alberta Soccer Members;
Alberta Soccer is aware of the “novel coronavirus”, and ongoing monitoring throughout Alberta, nationally and internationally. We are confident that all the affected agencies are doing their utmost to ensure all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. After consultation with Canada Soccer and other Provincial Soccer Associations, there is no need at this time to restrict any soccer related activities for players and team officials, or to cancel games, practices, and tournaments.
The following information is provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta:
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw issued the following statement for Albertans on February 3:
The risk to Albertans remains low, but we have taken the necessary steps to ensure Alberta’s health system is prepared. “I know that many Albertans have questions about the novel coronavirus and that there is a lot of information available. Here are the facts:
- There are no probable or confirmed cases in Alberta at this time.
- Although travel-related cases might be identified, the risk for Albertans is still considered low.
- Public health measures are in place to quickly identify potential cases and prevent the infection from spreading.
- We are keeping the public informed as we receive new information. The current risk of Albertans getting sick from this virus is still very low.
“Alberta’s health system is ready to respond effectively if needed. We have worked with AHS to provide frontline staff with the information they need to monitor and respond to potential cases. We also continue to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and our provincial partners.
“We have proven processes and well-trained teams in place to both protect the public and respond if a travel-related case should occur in our province. The risk remains low, but we are prepared.
“There are many misconceptions out there. Let me share some key information, based on what we know today:
- Albertans are still much more likely to experience a common respiratory infection such as influenza.
- This strain of coronavirus does not appear to be as severe as other coronaviruses, such as SARS.
- The virus is transmitted via larger droplets that fall quickly out of the air, such as through a cough or sneeze. The best current evidence indicates that it is not airborne through long distances or times.
- Masks can benefit sick people who are wearing them to prevent transmission of a respiratory illness to other people. There is little evidence to suggest masks help healthy individuals in a day-to-day public setting avoid getting sick, and in fact, masks can sometimes increase risk if used incorrectly.
- The most important thing that a person can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands regularly, avoid touching their face, cover their cough or sneeze and practice other good hand hygiene habits.
- New illnesses can be concerning for people, and there are many sources of rumors or inaccurate information. It’s best to use reliable sources of information, such as this page or the AHS website.
“I encourage anyone with specific questions or concerns about their health to call Health Link at 811 for assessment and health advice.”
Please use the following link for additional information: