U.S. Soccer And U.S. Youth Soccer Offer Information and Steps to Take Regarding Coronavirus
Dr. George Chiampas (Chief Medical Officer at U.S. Soccer), Dr. Pete Zopfi (USYS Chairman) and Skip Gilbert (USYS CEO) issued the following information about Coronavirus monitoring.
With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, and current health and international travel concerns, we want to provide you with an overview of the steps U.S. Soccer and USYS is taking to keep our community safe and informed.
U.S. Soccer’s leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all international and domestic programming for our National Teams and staff. As part of this review, U.S. Soccer is working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, USOPC, IOC and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation.
Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and staff. For this reason we have modified some of our travel policies, and are reaffirming best practices for illness prevention.
As members of the U.S. Soccer family, we would encourage you to carefully look at your own programming – including events and travel – and stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. We endeavor to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. 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.
Additionally, here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:
U.S. Department of State – Country Specific Travel Information < https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html>
U.S. Soccer’s primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.
Dr. Pete Zopfi, USYS Chairman, and USYS CEO Skip Gilbert provided an International Travel Update with an overview of the steps USYS is taking to keep our community safe and informed.
Gilbert noted, “We are proactively engaged in ongoing communications with all international travel providers, related government agencies, and parents/families of players traveling on international trips. Our current roster of travel providers have decades of experience and 24/7 teams of risk management professionals, including security partners and on-staff medical personnel. Because of the rapid development of this situation, our travel partners consider real-time information from their local ground teams across the globe, as well as guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization, and U.S. Department of State. At this time, our partners advise that it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but will continue to monitor and advise as needed. In addition to our travel partners, we are in direct contact with personnel from the CDC, US Department of State, the USOPC and others. These are the most informed and directly engaged government/sport agencies and are best equipped to advise on the latest travel restrictions or modifications.”
If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our soccer family. The safety and security of our soccer community is, and always will be, our highest priority!