Geneva, March 23, 2020: FIFA, the international governing body of soccer and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by World-renowned footballers, who are asking everyone around the world to take five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.
The “Pass the Message to Eliminate Coronavirus” campaign promotes five key steps that people should take to protect their health according to the WHO guideline, focused on washing hands, coughing, not touching your face, physical distance and staying at home if you don’t feel well.
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“FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino, have been actively involved in getting the message out against this pandemic from the start,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the virtual launch of the campaign at headquarters in WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. “Whether through campaigns or funds, FIFA has confronted the coronavirus, and I am delighted that world football is supporting the WHO to eliminate the coronavirus. I have no doubts with this type of support that together we will win ”.
“We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA has partnered with the WHO because health comes first. I call on the world soccer community to join us and support this campaign to spread the message even further. Some of the best players who have played the beautiful game have put their names on the campaign and are united in their desire to get the message across to cast COVID-19. ”
Twenty-eight players participate in the video campaign, which is published in 13 languages.
Sami Al Jaber (KSA), Alisson Becker (BRA), Emre Belözoğlu (TUR), Jared Borgetti (MEX), Gianluigi Buffon (ITA), Iker Casillas (ESP), Sunil Chhetri (IND), Youri Djorkaeff (FRA), Han Duan (CHN), Samuel Eto’o (CMR), Radamel Falcao (COL), Laura Georges (FRA), Valeri Karpin (RUS), Miroslav Klose (GER), Philipp Lahm (GER), Gary Lineker (ENG), Carli Lloyd (USA), Lionel Messi (ARG), Mido (EGY), Michael Owen (ENG), Park Ji-sung (KOR), Carles Puyol (ESP), Célia Šašić (GER), Asako Takakura (JPN) , Yaya Touré (CIV), Juan Sebastián Verón (ARG), Sun Wen (CHN) and Xavi Hernández (ESP).
A video campaign, to be published on Play
“Start with your hands,” says Alisson Becker, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion, goalkeeper for Liverpool FC and Brazil, and FIFA’s best male goalkeeper, 2019. “Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based solution. ”
Such frequent washing with soap and water, or preferably with an alcohol-based hand solution, kills viruses that may be on your hands. It is simple, but it is very important.
“Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or scarf when you sneeze or cough,” says Carli Lloyd, a two-time winner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup from the United States. “Discard the tissue immediately and wash your hands.”
The drops spread the coronavirus. By following respiratory hygiene, you protect people around you from contracting viruses, such as colds, flu, and coronaviruses.
“Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the virus from entering your body,” adds FC Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, the best FIFA men’s player in 2019, and a multiple winner of the Golden Ball.
Hands touch too many surfaces and can quickly detect viruses. Once contaminated, the hands can transfer the virus to your face, from where the virus can move inside your body, making you feel bad.
“In terms of social interaction, take a step back,” says Han Duan, who represented China PR 188 times in an international career spanning 11 years. “Stay at least a meter away from the others.”
By maintaining such social distancing, you are helping to avoid breathing drops from someone who sneezes or coughs in the vicinity.
Feel, know your symptoms:
“If you don’t feel well, stay home,” concludes Samuel Eto’o, a former striker for FC Barcelona and Cameroon, who represented his country 114 times. “Follow all instructions provided by local health authorities.”
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention and call ahead.
Stay informed as local health authorities provide the latest information on the situation in your area. Follow your specific instructions and call ahead to be directed to the appropriate local health center. This serves to protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
FIFA has also pledged $ 10 million to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
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