FIFA has reaffirmed its support for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching an awareness campaign led by six world-renowned coaches, who are calling on everyone around the world to tackle five key tactics to combat to follow the spread of the disease.
Because tactics play such an important role in the success of football, the coaches agree on the five-stage game plan that uses the virus – hands, elbows, face, distance and feel – in line with WHO’s basic protective measures against COVID- 19 should be defeated.
“We all know the situation with the coronavirus is serious and we have to put health first,” said FIFA chief of global football development Arsène Wenger. “These are the five key tactics to combat the coronavirus, and I urge you to follow these five key tactics with discipline at all times.”
The ex-Arsenal manager is supported by his former London rival and former Argentina international, as well as Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. “It starts with your hands,” he says. “Please wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand solution if possible.”
Frequent washing with soap and water, or preferably an alcohol-based hand solution, kills viruses that may be on your hands. It’s easy, but it’s very important.
Manchester United Women trainer Casey Stoney gives the campaign her voice. “If you bend your elbows, please cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you use handkerchiefs, dispose of them immediately. “
Droplets spread the coronavirus. By following respiratory hygiene, you protect people around you from viruses such as the common cold, flu, and coronavirus.
“Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth for your face. This can prevent the virus from entering your body, ”added Aliou Cisse, Senegal national coach.
Hands touch too many surfaces and can quickly pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can spread the virus to your face, from where the virus can move in your body, making you feel uncomfortable.
Jose Mourinho, 2010 FIFA World Cup coach for men and current manager of Tottenham Hotspur, said: “Take a step back in social interaction. Keep at least one meter away from anyone who coughs or sneezes. “
By maintaining this social distance, you help avoid inhaling droplets of people who sneeze or cough nearby.
Jill Ellis, FIFA Women’s World Cup coach 2015 and 2019 in the United States, urges people to stay home when they feel bad: “If you feel uncomfortable, stay at home,” she says. “In some countries, isolation can also be advisable for healthy people. Please follow all instructions from your local health authority. “
If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, see a doctor and call in advance.
Local health authorities also provide the latest information on the situation in your region. Please follow the specific instructions and call in advance so they can direct you to the appropriate local health facility. This is to protect you and prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
“Please keep up to date at all times,” concludes FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “Follow these recommendations and support WHO in its efforts to fight the coronavirus. Together we will win this difficult game.