Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness, so it is quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.
We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.
Learn more about how to protect yourself at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Wash hands regularly (when you return home, before and while preparing food, before meals, after visiting the toilet, after
blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, before and after contact with ill persons, after contact with animals)
Why? Washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds, ensuring you lather both sides and your thumbs and dry using a clean towel or using alcohol-based hand rub ensuing that the gel is fully dry without using a towel kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 2 metre (6.5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Also cover wounds
with a plaster or bandage.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
The new dates for the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo, Polymer Testing World Expo, and Plastics Extrusion World Expo will be 7th-8th October 2020. The exhibitions will be held at the same venue, Messe Essen, Germany.
Your existing visitor registration will still be valid for the new dates of the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo, Polymer Testing World Expo, and Plastics Extrusion World Expo. Simply click on the badge link in your confirmation email to download your badge and the dates will have been updated for you. If you cannot find your confirmation email, please contact us and we will resend the email to you.
Your stand number will remain the same, retaining the same floor plans. If you have any questions or concerns about your stand, please contact your account manager and they will be able to help you.
Further information on the coronavirus can be obtained from the World Health Organisation (WHO):
Latest Updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Q&A on Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses