What is the current situation regarding Covid-19 and the Ride?
We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation on a daily basis and taking advice from State and Federal Government authorities. Currently, the Ride will go ahead on 10 and 11 October 2020 as planned. This is a dynamic situation that we are monitoring closely and we will keep you informed of any changes. Our main priority is to mitigate any risk to you, our amazing supporters. The Ride is so important to help fight cancer and we will continue to provide you with the latest information about the virus and how it may impact this event. Thank you for your patience and understanding but most importantly for your steadfast commitment to the MACA Cancer 200.
What is the current medical advice about COVID19?
From a medical perspective, most of us - even if we become infected - will have a relatively minor respiratory illness. However, we have an important duty of care not to spread it. This is especially relevant to immunocompromised patients and those undergoing cancer treatment or who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes.
This is the advice we are following here at the Perkins.
- Soap and water. The single most valuable thing each of us can do is wash our hands with soap and water for about 30 seconds often (I sing Happy Birthday twice through). COVID-19 is a relatively puny and labile virus, so take satisfaction with the destruction you are wreaking upon it with your soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- Elbow bumps. Start practicing elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead of handshakes or hugs. It’s cool to keep a little distance.
- Don’t "soldier on”. If you have symptoms and are feeling unwell, it is important to confirm or refute the diagnosis and stay out of circulation until you do. This includes not training with friends or teammates.
- Masks. Wearing a typical surgical type mask will not protect you from the virus. The only mask said to protect from the virus is an N95 version, which are not readily available in supermarkets and shops. People who need to wear a mask in public are those who have the disease or those being tested for the virus because they have symptoms. Their primary use is to limit droplet spread of the virus.
If you think you are displaying any of the symptoms, please consider going to one of the three WA COVID19 clinics, where you will be seen by doctors who can assess if you should be tested for the virus. If you are tested, then it’s very important that you self-isolate UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULT. If you do have the disease, then the medical teams will look after you. For most patients, it will be self-isolation at home because the illness is mild and resolves without any major issues.
Thank you for your support and stay healthy!
More information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found via www.health.gov.au including the following publication:
How big can a team be?
There is no minimum or maximum limit on team size. Our team’s range from 1-300 riders!
What sort of teams can enter?
Absolutely any team. We have a huge range of teams coming from both corporate and community backgrounds, including workplace teams, footy clubs, friend groups or even book clubs.
Can I ride solo?
Yes, you are more than welcome to ride solo, and will receive the same amount of support as someone in a team.
Can I join a team near me?
We do have several public teams who are always keen to take new riders under their wing. Get in touch with your Fundraising Coach and they will find you the best matched team.
Do we have to ride as a team during the event?
No, you can split up and go at your natural pace. Feel free to meet up at the support stops along the way.