Novel Coronavirus Update

Updated as of February 12, 2020

The Linux Foundation is continuously monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation and is committed to ensuring the safety of our event participants and staff at our upcoming events. We will be following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the situation progresses.

As of today, Wednesday, February 12, we have no plans to cancel any of our upcoming events including KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China, which is scheduled to take place July 28-30 in Shanghai. If we determine we need to cancel the Shanghai event (or any event) over the coming months as more information becomes available, we will alert all confirmed event participants and post an update to the event website. 

There are currently no US Department of State Travel Advisories for countries other than China with relation to Novel Coronavirus, and the WHO is currently advising against the application of any restrictions on international traffic based on information currently available. The CDC recommends following the same standard safety practices regularly advised during flu seasons which we will encourage all attendees to follow. In addition, we will take the following precautions to ensure everyone remains healthy and feels safe and cared for at events. You can expect us to:

  • Keep up-to-date information on our event websites pertaining to the status of the event, and precautions for attendees onsite.
  • Send email communications to registered event participants with any pertinent updates leading up to the event.
  • Provide plentiful sanitation stations onsite at events with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wipes, tissue and facemasks.
  • Provide signage onsite encouraging attendees to practice Respiratory Hygiene, ie to cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth to avoid transferring germs from surfaces; discard a used tissue immediately into a closed trash can, and wash your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer and/or soap and water right away.
  • Provide signage to encourage attendees to maintain Social Distancing, ie to adopt a no-handshake policy at the event and stand a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) from other people, especially those that may be sneezing, coughing and/or exhibiting cold/flu symptoms.
  • Regularly sanitize all surfaces through the event space and communicate with the venues to do the same.
  • Sanitize all speaker microphones between each speaker’s use
  • Request that anyone sick or experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms stay home for their own safety and the safety of others, and consider substituting a co-worker to attend in their place.
  • We ask that any attendees onsite who might begin experience cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing) to please seek medical care right away. We will have local medical care contact information available for all attendees and can assist any attendee with transportation to a local clinic.

We are also requesting that all registered attendees that have recently been to China to self-certify that at least 15 days have passed from the time they left China to their arrival at our event and that they have shown no cold or flu-like symptoms in that time. If they have felt ill during that period, we ask that they please substitute another attendee in their place and refrain from attending the event, for their own safety and the safety of other event participants.

The Linux Foundation wants to assure our community and all event participants that their health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to regularly check the latest official information and updates from all major health agencies leading up to our events and will make any necessary changes based on that information. We recognize that much is unknown at this time, and will strive to make decisions based on facts rather than fear. We encourage our event participants to do the same. To all those who are being affected, please accept our sincerest sympathies.

Recommended Resources:

World Health Organization (WHO) Novel Coronavirus Daily Situation Reports:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Infectious Diseases Society of America:
https://www.idsociety.org/public-health/Novel-Coronavirus/

Real Time Data Dashboard from Johns Hopkins University: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

US Dept of State Travel Advisories:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/