Note to CSA Members and Partners Preparing to attend CSA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego April 2-5 in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and considerations when traveling.
The California Society of Anesthesiologists looks forward to hosting our Annual Meeting in San Diego April 2-5.
Given the recent spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in many parts of the world, leadership and staff at CSA are monitoring the situation in San Diego, across the U.S. and internationally. To date, there are no travel restrictions in the U.S. nor any local directives in San Diego or other communities in California that would discourage participants from travelling and attending the meeting.
That said, if you, yourself, are sick and/or travelling from an international region that has been identified as at risk for community spread (see descriptions below) you should refrain from travel and attending the meeting. Should you cancel, normal cancelation fees will apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When travelling and while attending the meeting, we encourage you to follow recommendations provided by CDC which are listed below.
We will continue to monitor circumstances relating to the COVID-19 virus by following CDC guidelines and recommendations and in consultation with local meeting and health officials in San Diego.
Please watch for email updates and feel free to visit our website at http://csahq.org/events/details/2020/04/02/cme-events/csa-2020-annual-meeting for the latest information.
More than ever, we thank you for your support and engagement with CSA.
See you in San Diego!!
Christine Doyle, MD, FASA
California Society of Anesthesiologists
Considerations When Traveling
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Should I cancel or postpone travel?
CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Note: As of March 4, 2020, San Diego, CA and all the United States are not listed on any of the CDC’s travel warnings.
Risk to airline passengers
Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol.
For more information: Exposure Risk During Travel
What happens if an airline passenger is reported to be sick?
Under current federal regulations, pilots must report to CDC all illnesses and deaths before arriving to the United States. If a sick traveler is considered to be a public health risk, CDC works with local and state health departments and international public health agencies to contact passengers and crew exposed to that sick traveler—according to CDC disease protocols.
Be sure to give the airline your current contact information when booking your ticket.
For more information: Contact Investigation
Tips to avoid infection
CDC does not recommend travelers wear facemasks to protect themselves from COVID-19. You may choose to wear a mask, but it is more important that you take these steps.
We recommend that everyone follow everyday prevention practices:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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 product.
- 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 that contains 60%–95% alcohol.