The medical department of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking the current situation with the coronavirus COVID 19. The uniform guidelines issued by WHO as well as the Ministry of Health &Welfare – Government of India have been briefed to all teams, team support members, and state associations.
Do’s And Dont’s During Tournament
Some of the Do’s and Dont’s listed by the medical board for team India and South Africa to ensure personal hygiene includes the following:
- washing hands with soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds,
- use of hand sanitizers,
- covering mouth while sneezing or coughing,
- reporting to the medical team immediately in case of fever, cough or any illness,
- avoid touching face, mouth, nose and eyes before thoroughly washing hands,
- avoid eating out at restaurants where hygiene standards are unknown or compromised,
- avoid close contact & interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals). Also, cautious about avoiding handshake, handling unknown phones for selfies.
The BCCI also provided a directive to airlines, team hotels, state organizations, and medical teams at venues on the thorough sanitization of all facilities before and during team use, training of all staff members on the do’s and don’ts for COVID-19 transmission prevention, and ongoing monitoring to ensure strict adherence to the protocols.
To ensure the safety of the spectators, the State Associations and the healthcare providers/hospitals ensure that sufficient information, education, and communication material is given in the form of posters/hoardings and public announcements about the precautions to be taken by all against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
All the public washrooms at the stadium should have hand wash liquids and sanitizers. Throughout the stadiums, medical personnel and first-aid workers must maintain a database of all patients needing care and follow-up as and when required.