MFE: MARCH 9-11, 2020 in MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN
MFE is an Expo that does NOT have international exhibitors or attendees. And while we can’t know where any of our guests have traveled from recently or who they’ve
interacted with, we strongly believe that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists. In the words of Gloria Guevara, President and CEO
of the World Travel & Tourism Council, “containing the spread of unnecessary panic is as important as stopping the virus itself.”
The chances of contracting the virus, for the vast majority of people, is very remote if you travel responsibly and observe simple hygiene measures.
HOW COVID-19 IS SPREAD
According to the World Health Organization, the main way COVID-19 is spread to others is when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to how influenza is spread. The virus is found
in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person then touches
their mouth, face or eyes the virus can make them sick.
TAKE THESE STEPS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY VIRUSES
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (And remember to only use FDA approved sanitizers if handling food)
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
PRECAUTIONS THE CONVENTION CENTER IS TAKING
The Wisconsin Center District has put together a multi-level cleaning schedule which includes regular cleaning/disinfecting of public areas like:
- door handles
- push bars
- vending machines
- escalator railings
- elevator buttons
- house phones, etc.
They will also be placing posters throughout the convention center about proper hygiene and securing additional hand sanitizing stations.
PRECAUTIONS THE EXPO IS RECOMMENDING
- Avoid Hand Contact
Many other shows are going with a “no handshake” policy to avoid person to person contact. Elbow bumps and even foot bumps are becoming a handshake
- Frequently Clean Your Hands
While soap and water is best, the CDC does say a 60% or higher alcohol based hand sanitizer can be effective. However, please remember that if you are handling
food with barehands you MUST use a food code compliant hand sanitizer. If you are an exhibitor that’s handling food for samples and are using a non-food code compliant hand sanitizer, you MUST wear gloves.
- Disinfect Your Booth
Bring proper disinfectants with you to wipe down your booth throughout the day. Especially be prepared to do this if you have high touchpoint areas like screens or buttons
on equipment that people are touching often.
- Use Common Sense
If you aren’t well, please stay home and get better.
We're looking forward to seeing you very soon in Milwaukee!
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