ISPRM 2020: Coronavirus Update

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The health, safety and well-being of all ISPRM 2020 attendees is our top priority. The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and International Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ISPRM) have been carefully monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”

Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC, we are continuing with our plans for a successful 2020 Congress on March 4-9, 2020. We hope to welcome you to Orlando, Florida soon.

Travel Advice

  • All attendees are encouraged to check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices prior to departure.
  • All attendees should check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel.
  • Orlando Airport (MCO) is complying with the travel restrictions signed by the U.S. Government prohibiting entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States.

Message from the Rosen Hotels & Resorts
The Rosen Hotels & Resorts are taking the health and safety of associates and guests seriously. They have provided managers with details of the CDC guidelines to share with their associates in pre-shift meetings. Managers will ask associates to stay home when they are sick. Additionally, they have communicated directly to all associates regarding the necessity of safe hand washing and hygiene practices. Housekeeping departments use alcohol-based cleaner for all cleaning inclusive of phones and remotes, touch points and public area space. They also have hand sanitizer dispensers in all public spaces and lobbies.

Travelers can best protect themselves by following CDC guidelines. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, so the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who 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 such as your laptop or cell phone.