About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow). At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

Source: World Health Organisation

NEW UK Government UPDATE from 25 March 2021:

IMPORTANT: UK Government guidelines superseed all other guidelines, including the BBF. If there is a conflict between these guidelines and the government guidelines, the government terms will control that conflict. SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

COVID-19 Baseball Safety Guidelines


Do you have these symptoms?


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • A loss or chage to your sense of smell or taste

Have you had exposure?


  • There are new rules if you arrive in England from a country on the banned travel list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days. If you’ve been to a red list country, you must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. If you have not been to a red list country, you need to quarantine somewhere else for 10 days.
  • Recently travelled to other countries
  • Exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient
  • Travelled to, reside, or work in local areas with reported COVID-19 cases
  • Exposure to a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

Contact as defined by the government: A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can be a contact any time from two days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms (or, if they did not have any symptoms, from two days before the date their positive test was taken), and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others. A risk assessment may be undertaken to determine this, but a contact can be:

  • anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: -face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre -been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact -been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day) A person may also be a close contact if they have travelled in the same vehicle or plane as a case.

With Exposure + With Symptoms:

  • if you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus. Order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access
  • if you test positive for coronavirus, you should share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS Test and Trace service, your club and the BBF, to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
  • Follow NHS Test and Trace advice.
  • Refrain from any baseball activities or have contact with others.

IMPORTANT: Refrain from any baseball or group activity until you follow the government guidelines and get medical clearance.


With Exposure + No Symptoms:

  • if you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19, you must stay at home and complete 10 full days isolation. Your isolation period includes the date of your last contact with them and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your last contact with them was at any time on the 15th of the month your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.Follow NHS Test and Trace advice.
  • Refrain from any baseball activities or have contact with others.
  • Notify your club and the BBF, promptly.

No Exposure + With Symptoms:

  • if you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus. Order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access

NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace information

app link click here

The NHS test and trace service:

  • Ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • Helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code (optional) for your venue

Utilise this NHS service to generate a QR code for use in your venue's signage. You can then have visitors scan the QR code with the NHS COVID-19 app upon arrival. This is to assist in tracing and preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). To learn more click here.

Guidance

Part 1: for someone with symptoms of coronavirus

  1. isolate: as soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
  2. test: order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access
  3. results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation.
  4. anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to self-isolate
  5. share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS test and trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers.

Part 2: if you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  1. alert: you will be alerted by the NHS test and trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. The alert will usually come by text, email or phone call. You should then log on to the NHS test and trace website, which is normally the easiest way for you and the service to communicate with each other – but, if not, a trained call handler will talk you through what you must do. Under-18s will get a phone call and a parent or guardian will be asked to give permission for the call to continue
  2. isolate: you will be told to begin self-isolation for 10 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point up to 10 days. Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home
  3. test if needed: if you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 10 days and you must book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and we will get in touch to ask about your contacts since they must self-isolate. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 10-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet - this is crucial to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

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Mental health and wellbeing

The impact of COVID-19 not only can directly impact you physically, but it can impact you indirectly. For example, your mental health and wellbeing.

In a time of a crisis every action, creates a reaction. Such reactions may come in the form of boredom, frustration, anxiety, helpness and loneliness. You are not alone. The government has put out a series of information and support lines to assist you. Reach out to others for support or check in on one another.

We all are effected in different ways. There is no need to feel helpless or embarrassed by asking for help. It is time for compassion and support. It is not a time for judging one another. You matter, so seek support if you need help. We want to see you back on the baseball field, we need you.

Helpful links

  • Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 link.
  • Need help speak to a volunteer responder website link.
  • Anxiety UK offers assistance for those with anxiety issues. Phone 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 22:00 | Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 to 20:00) website link.
  • Mental Health Foundation website link.
  • No Panic voluntary charity offering support to sufferers. Phone 0844967 4848 (daily from 10:00 to 22:00) website link.

  • OCD Action which supports for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.chest pain. Phone 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 17:00) website link.
  • SANE emotional support, information and guidance for persons affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Phone 0300 304 7000 (daily, 16:20 to 22:30).
  • Young Minds offers information and support for youths mental health. Services for guardians and professionals. Phone 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 16:00), website link.

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