Finnish Dance Sport Federation monitors the development of the corona virus situation together with the Finnish Olympic Committee and the entire sport community. The corona virus situation has changed and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its instructions on March 4th, 2020 (THL page, opens in new window).
Epidemic areas are defined as those where more extensive chains of infection are being seen. Currently, the epidemic area covers mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. The situation is nevertheless subject to ongoing assessment. There are instructions for passengers arriving from the epidemic areas (THL page, opens in new window).
According to THL (page opens in new window) the virus spreads from person to person through droplet transmission. How efficiently the virus spreads and the period of infectiousness are not yet well known. The patients’ symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Coronavirus infections can be prevented with good hand and coughing hygiene. Instructions: Hand washing and coughing (THL page, opens in new window). So far, seven mild laboratory-confirmed cases caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Finland.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health held a press conference in the afternoon of March 4th 2020 (Yle page, opens in new window, in Finnish only) stating, that there is no epidemic in Finland and there is no need to restrict any public events.
Finnish Dance Sport Federation underlines the meaning of a proper hand and coughing hygiene in all contacts. This will protect against all virus infections, including a normal seasonal influenza. Athletes, representatives of clubs, adjudicators and other officials are recommended to avoid hand shaking during events. The Finnish Dance Sport Federation recommends each athlete to have their own water bottle and towel and not to share water bottles or towels. Competition organisers should make sure of the sufficiency of hand towels and hand disinfection bottles on site.
The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL page, opens in new window) keeps track on the national and international situation and gives instructions on preventing infections. The Finnish Dance Sport Federation operates according to these instructions. Finnish Dance Sport Federation follows the possible instructions and guidelines by the authorities, Finnish Olympic Committee and the World Dance Sport Federation regarding public events.
Those been in the epidemic area during the past 14 days are required to take special care of their hand and coughing hygiene and recognizing possible symptoms. It is forbidden to go to competitions or practises when feeling ill! In case of experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory infection, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, always first contact by phone your health centre or the information number provided in your travel insurance information. You will receive instructions on how to seek treatment.