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Will Coronavirus disrupt the HMI? It Has Already!

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)  has resulted in the
cancellation of a number of cultural activities all over the world. 
Does anyone feel like the HMI could be seriously affected by the latest epidemic of COVID-19? 
 
Well, the impact has already reached a few bands in the HMI. According to Richard Cave, previously scheduled dates for the band in Colombia, Martinique and Paris have already been cancelled.  Klass manager Herve Bastien also voiced similar concerns, with an upcoming Antilles tour where a cancellation is very possible. Mickael Guirand also confirmed to HB that a gig in La Reunion has just been cancelled. Speaking over the phone with HB, Arly was very distressed about the situation “my advice to my fellow musicians is to save as much as possible just in case there is a broader implication of the crisis ’sere kob nou fon anba matla’ ”, stated the Maestro. 
 
Even though we don’t have an  imposed quarantines or isolations in the top markets of the HMI like New York, Florida, Boston and Montreal.   I can't imagine that it's not going to seriously impact attendance at events, especially with the media ringing the alarm bells every time you turn on the news. The good news is, so far the HMI is intact, the events are happening as planned and people are coming out. 
 
This crisis might affect other sectors of the industry.  For example, the venues are not going receive goods deliveries when those workers are home sick for two weeks or there are no activities happening in the venues. The promoters for sure won’t be getting a cancellation refund but rather a postponement. The DJs, will have to take the opportunity at sharpening their skills at home while being quarantines. 
 
So far, most of the bigger concert cancellations have been in China, South Korea, Japan, European countries, but so far, not much has changed for major U.S. events or the HMI. Still, fears of coronavrius could spiral even if it doesn’t rise to a pandemic level in the U.S. With many supermarkets like Costco, Wallmart, BJ’s are  sold out on essential goods and a nationwide shortage of  hand sanitizer and face masks, people are clearly anticipating a long Spring and Summer,  fearing the possible spread of the virus.
 
With health officials taking major precautions, I assume most shows will eventually go on as planned in the US  especially the HMI.
 
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus (CDC):
 
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
 
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
 
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? 
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
 
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
 
 If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
 
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
 
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
 
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
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