A message from our Chief Medical Officer, Bob Steele
Dear Gladiator Families,
As our pre-season training ramps up and the season approaches, it is vitally important that each and every one of our children as players, and parents as helpers, adhere to the following guidelines to protect us all from COVID-19 infection (Coronavirus).
As many of you will be aware from media releases and from the Commonwealth Government, COVID-19 continues to spread in our community not only from travellers returning from overseas but by person-to-person contact here.
What is it?
The virus is ‘droplet spread’, meaning sneezing, coughing and touch can transmit the virus.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms can vary from a mild lethargy and low grade fever associated with a cough and sneezing to acute respiratory distress requiring hospitalisation. Fortunately in the childhood population the virus rarely causes severe illness, rather this is seen in the elderly.
From a club perspective we ask that the following guidelines are adhered to:
- If your child is showing any signs of fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, lethargy or headache they are asked not to attend the club until assessed by your doctor.
- The test for COVID-19 takes 3 days to come back and the affected person should quarantine themselves during that period.
- As per good public health procedures, if you are not positive for COVID-19 but remain unwell, we ask that your child does not return to the club until symptom free.
In general around the club, we ask that players please bring individual water bottles and do not share with any other players. Regular hand washing is essential to basic hygiene and we suggest that at this time this is re-emphasised to your children when around the home and in public spaces.
As this situation is continually evolving we will update you as required but we recommend you check the Australian Government’s Department of Health (AGDH) website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert.
Resources to support you: