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The World Federation is currently monitoring the Coronavirus situation and following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation, official channels from various governments, measures of various global businesses’ have put in place as well as our own medical professionals in the community (team consisted by Dr Munir Datoo, Dr Akber Mithani and Dr Sukaina Hirji).
Below is the most current update to provide Mu’mineen with the latest information and support relating to our global communities. Please note that your local Jamaat and Federation guideline may supersede this advice and hence urge you to stay abreast of your local Jamaat and Federation issued guidelines.
We wish to give some advice and guidelines on the Coronavirus that is having an impact on many parts of everyday life. Our primary concern remains that you, your families and indeed jamaats and communities stay safe and healthy. The purpose of this communication is not to create fear or panic amongst our members but rather, to ensure we take appropriate preventative measures to minimize risks. We are monitoring the global situation and assessing any new risks, and we wanted to give some advice that will help us all to stay healthy and keep distress at minimum.
We, The World Federation recommend that travellers returning from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Northern Italy (North of Pisa not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini), as well as Islamic Republic of Iran*, Iraq* and Syria* from 19 February should avoid attending the mosques/imambarghas/Islamic centres and other functions (conferences, sporting events, majalises at peoples’ homes etc) for 14 days irrespective of symptoms following, business, personal or spiritual (ziyarat) travel.
*These countries are currently not mentioned by the WHO and most government channels to avoid travelling to. However, the World-Federation has recommended these precautionary measures particularly as our members travel to these countries for ziyarat and other reasons. (Public Health in the UK are advising travellers from Iran to self-quarantine, irrespective of symptoms and inform 111 about their travel- this is for Iran and Northern Italy).
Also, we highly recommend that you avoid travelling to these countries until the situation improves.
At this time, whilst attending events at mosques/imambarghas/centres, we recommend that you avoid hugging each other or shaking hands (especially after salat). Instead, we ask that members remember each other in their duas especially as we enter the spiritual months of Rajab, Shaba’an and Shahru Ramadhan
In the event that a death occurs in your community of a suspected or confirmed case of Corona Virus infection, extra precautions will need to be taken by the community, especially those individuals performing Ghusl, Kafan and burial rites. Please contact the WF Secretariat for specific guidance.
For the safety of individuals, family members and our communities we urge you to follow this guidance.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses. These include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand rub or soap and water, this will kill the virus if it is on your hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
- Try to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
- The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices
Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Some may also additionally have diarrhoea as a symptom. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
We have compiled more information on this in the Q&A document
Diagnosis and analysis
Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Some may also have diarrhoea. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have unfortunately died in Wuhan, China appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.
For further information
We have written Q&A document that is more comprehensive which answers the most common questions and has some very useful links.
Please continue to check our website regularly and you can also use this area to raise any questions you may have. We will continue to monitor things closely and will keep you updated should the situation change.
With Duas for your health and wellbeing
The World Federation Secretariat
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