Posted: Monday, 16 March 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus is a contagious, dangerous disease, which is currently spreading quickly and sometimes uncontrollably and there are risk factors for different people (age, comorbidities, drug trials, pre-existing viral issues etc.). This is one of the biggest challenges we have faced and we cannot put people at risk.
So HFQ will NOT be holding the following advertised events;
* ‘Bombardier Blood’ Movie Event on 28 March,
* Community Camp on 3-5 April
* World Haemophilia Day Art Exhibition launch event at RBWH.
all other future gatherings will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
At this time we have not scheduled any alternative dates for the above events, but we will eagerly look into holding them once we better understand the implication of coronavirus on our community.
For those members who have made travel arrangements and paid for their registration, we are sorry to have upset your plans and perhaps caused you unanticipated expenses and we will be contacting all members who have sent in registration fees about a refund individually.
It's clear that in times like this, we need to respond as a community, care for each other and do what we can to help. The government has advised a policy of social distancing. Even if you have the strength and immunity to recover from the virus, your neighbours may not so we encourage everyone to call neighbours who might need the company and to proactively practicing social distancing to minimise the spread.
The other actions you should take right now are:
* Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently,
* Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or a tissue,
* Avoid large gatherings of people
We wish all everyone the best of health, and we are regretful that we can not proceed with these events at this time, but optimistically, we will be able to get together towards the end of the year or in 2021.