CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

LONDON, UK (7th February 2020) - Please find below the statement from our Secretary-General, Zeina Dowidar, providing an update on the coronavirus and LIMUN. For delegates in high risk regions, we are happy to offere refunds. If you have any further questions regarding the outbreak please contact enquries@limun.org.uk

 

Dear Head Delegates, Faculty Advisors, Guests,

My name is Zeina Dowidar, and I’m the Secretary-General of LIMUN 2020. We are now just under two weeks away until the start of the conference, and the Secretariat and I could not be more excited to welcome you to London. As we bustle to prepare everything you will need to enjoy your weekend, I wanted to take a step back and discuss potential preventive measures against the Novel Coronavirus.

As I am sure many of you already know, there is currently a global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, or (2019-nCoV), which was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. This has now been declared as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation. As such, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate - however, the risk to individuals remains low. Coronavirus is more likely to manifest symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term medical conditions.

The United Kingdom has no plans to close borders, or ban flights arriving from specific areas. However, the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

As such, here are some necessary protective measures promoted by the World Health Organisation and the UK Government to protect yourself against the Coronavirus.

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use a hand-gel or disinfectant wipes if your hands are not visibly dirty. We recommend doing this regularly, particularly if you are using public transport.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

We will also be placing hand sanitisers across our venues for easy access by all delegates.

For more information, please refer to the UK Government’s landing page for the Coronavirus, and visit the WHO’s page for more details. If you have any more questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Thank you for your attention, and I am excited to greet you all at LIMUN 2020! 

Best, 

Zeina Dowidar