COVID-19: WHO releases 5 guidelines for mass gatherings and events

COVID-19: WHO releases 5 guidelines for mass gatherings and events

The coronavirus otherwise known as the COVID-19 pandemic came with its own measures that needed to be adhered to, to prevent or reduce the spread.

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The World Health Organization has made it a point to always educate individuals on the right things to do to avoid the contraction of the virus which has so far killed over 400,000 people globally

On Saturday, WHO released new guidance for mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, recommending a number of possible changes to large events — once they’re allowed to take place.

From the recommendations, holding gatherings outdoors, limiting attendance to healthy people and staggering arrivals could all help limit the spread of the virus, according to the guidance.

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The guidance stated that since mass gatherings have substantial political, cultural, social, and economic implications, authorities should assess the importance and necessity of an event and consider the option that it may take place.

The guidance made the following recommendations

1. Risk assessment

The WHO called on public health authorities and event organizers to perform a risk assessment before any gathering and listed a number of steps organizers could take if large events do occur, such as:

2. Participants

The recommendations focused on participants, reminding them to observe physical distancing, cough etiquette, and hand hygiene practices.

3. Age range

People at risk of developing severe illness – including those over the age of 65 or with pre-existing medical conditions – could be advised to stay away, or special arrangements could be made for them.

4. Timespan

The WHO recommendations also advised that the duration of events is limited

5. On-site isolation facilities

WHO recommended that event organisers provide on-site isolation facilities for people who become sick

READ ALSO: Coronavirus update: Ghana’s death toll now 36; case count reaches 7,881

In other news, Ghana has recorded another COVID-19 related death in less than 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 36, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed.

The total confirmed cases are 7,881 with 2,841 recoveries, according to the Ghana Health Service. Active cases: 5,004.

The total number of severe cases currently stand at 15 with five others in critical condition. Two are on ventilators, according to the Sunday, May 31, 2020 update.

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