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GIS Official Statement on Tours & Coronavirus (COVID- 19)

Posted by Team, 2nd March 2020

With current international health concerns, Global Image Sports felt it important to communicate to our families that we are monitoring the situation very closely and are following the policies of the CDC, World Health Organization, US Youth Soccer, and US Department of State. As always, our #1 priority is the health and well-being of our travelers.

Global Image Sports’ stance on the situation regarding COVID-19 is that as of now, all of our tours will continue to go ahead as planned, with minimal disruption currently anticipated. This position is based on the following information:

https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/ 

CDC Recommendation for Travel to UK: Watch Level 1- Proactive Usual Precautions:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

CDC Recommendation for Travel to Spain: Watch Level 1- Proactive Usual Precautions:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/spain?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

CDC Recommendation for Travel to France: Watch Level 1- Proactive Usual Precautions:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/france?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

CDC Recommendation for Travel to Germany: Watch Level 1- Proactive Usual Precautions:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/germany

World Health Organization (WHO)

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200224-sitrep-35-covid-19.pdf

US Olympic Team to Japan – To Proceed as planned.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-24/team-usa-tells-athletes-to-proceed-as-planned-for-tokyo-olympics  

80% of infected people do not require hospitalization. Elderly and people with pre-existing conditions are most at risk.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-symptoms/#mild

US Soccer Travel Update

https://configio.blob.core.windows.net/media/em_GlobalImageSports/Attachments/2020%20USYS%20Travel%20Advisory%202-27-20%5B2%5D.pdf



The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


We will continue to monitor the situation and if the severity increases we may adjust our position. In the meantime, we recommend informing yourself of the actual risks associated with the virus. Here are a couple of resources to aid:
Comparison to Flu: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/1300-people-died-flu-year/story?id=67754182
Daily Numbers Updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/


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