At this current time, 365 Strong World Powerlifting Federation do not foresee cancelling any meets due to the Coronavirus Disease.
Medical experts closest to the virus report that certain people are at high risk for developing complications if exposed to the Coronavirus, the elderly, those individuals whose health is already compromised, asthmatics, women who are pregnant, etc.
We will continue to stand by our athletes, appreciating that lifters have spent several months preparing to compete. Powerlifting is a sport that promotes health and fitness and one of the many reasons we commit to becoming strong and healthy is so that our bodies can overcome this type of disease.
We aren’t trying to challenge fate and put this theory to the test by any means, but are simply saying that for the vast majority of people, if you are a healthy individual and follow good hygiene principles, you should go about your lives as usual. If you are an asthmatic, an at-risk individual with health problems already, pregnant or elderly, please take every precaution to “shelter in place” so you aren’t putting yourself at risk.
Those who are concerned about travel are encouraged to consider “CFAR” travel insurance. CFAR insurance is required if you are exploring the possibility of cancelling your trip due to the COVID-19 virus. Most travel insurance policies do not cover cancellation for epidemics/pandemics – it is up to you to do your due diligence and prepare yourself as you see fit.
We do reserve the right to ask anyone to leave a meet who is exhibiting signs of the Coronavirus (fever, coughing, sneezing, etc.), but would like to remind everyone that we all must use common sense and by cancelling an event we feel it would promote further hysteria, which isn’t in anyone’s best interest.
As a reminder: the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (such as the Coronavirus or ANY other disease) 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 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 COVID-19. * Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). * 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
See you on the platform!!