FUND Conference Corona Virus Update

To our valued FUND audience, 

As many of you are well aware the Corona Virus has had a massive impact on businesses worldwide as well as the cancellation of many large events, conferences, and gatherings. Companies have limited travel and are doing so with good cause to protect against the further spread of Corona Virus. 

At this time, FUND has not decided to cancel or postpone any of our conferences this year.FUND’s events typically range in attendance with 400 to 1000 people at our larger shows and generally have <5% international attendees. Our typical numbers show that around ~73% of our attendees are from the local markets we serve and the remainder travel in. While we are optimistic that the virus will slow down very soon, we must be realistic about its spread to protect the communities and people we serve. We will continue to monitor the progression of the virus as communicated by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) daily and update our audience immediately if any changes should take place. 

FUND will be continuing to remind our attendees of the recommendations of the CDC as well as providing hand sanitizing packets at our conferences until further notice. Though many of our most valuable connections come from face to face interaction, we are asking guests to do the following prior, during and after any FUND event.  

Here is some information directly from the CDC.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, 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.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

We further recommend the following at FUND Conferences:
  • NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
  • Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove. 
  • Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
  • Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts. 
  • Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been. 
  • Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
  • If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you must. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. 

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