Building Trust As Communities Begin To Re-Open During A Global Pandemic | Our Pandemic Promise

Communities are coming together and businesses are beginning to re-open in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic.  The Community Pandemic Promise is a tool, or ‘social contract’ that you can use to represent the mutual trust we all require, whether you are re-opening a business, returning to work, shopping, or attending sporting and entertainment events.  By making this Promise you are doing your part to reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus called COVID-19.

From January through March, we began planning for our upcoming event season.  In late March, we were hopeful that this ‘pandemic’ that was gaining traction in the news wasn’t going to impact our season very much.  As more information began coming through, it became very clear that this summer was going to be much different than we have ever experienced before.  Event after event began cancelling or postponing until next summer. 

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Event Medical Media Scan – March 2020 Edition


The City of Edmonton recently passed Bylaw 19166, regulating the Electronic Dance Music events in the City. 

Why it matters? Edmonton is one of the first jurisdictions to create bylaws regulating EDMs (for example, requiring a medical plan and chill zone as mandatory conditions). Other cities will likely monitor the development, and may decide to implement similar bylaws in their home jurisdiction.

[UK] Revealed: how drugs giants can access your health records
“Truly anonymous data – utterly incapable of being traced back to an individual – is very hard to achieve, given that there is so much information about us in the public domain and held by companies such as Facebook and Google … In fact, it’s almost impossible for record-level data (where each line of the dataset corresponds to an individual) to be made truly anonymous.”

Why it matters? This is the perfect example (and followup) to our social media/privacy links in our February edition of the media scan. Breadcrumbs across different profiles/platforms may be enough to give a determined person enough to piece together the information beyond what may be intended.

Research articles

[British Columbia Medical Journal] Drug-induced psychosis and neurological effects following nitrous oxide misuse: A case report

[Canadian Medical Association Journal] Five things to know about …: Atrial fibrillation in athletes

Coronavirus – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2

The novel coronavirus has been dominating headlines across the globe for the last few months. You might be wondering how does that relate to event medicine?  Beyond the obvious as COVID-19 becomes a global health matter, many countries have or are considering the cancellation of mass gathering events to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This could have an impact to the traditionally busy Summer music festival scene across the Northern Hemisphere.

The World Health Organization has created 3 separate and free online courses for those wanting to learn more about COVID-19. Once you have an openWHO account, you can enroll in any or all of the courses below. You will also find additional courses on communicable diseases that you may find interesting.

Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

‘Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it’: Adderall presents esports with an enigma

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