NOTE: This page will be updated with the most current information we have. Please check back periodically if you have concerns.
Preventing the Spread of the Coronavirus
While no solution is foolproof, standard precautions can be taken to help prevent spread of the virus.
- WASH YOUR HANDS - Hand-washing is the most proven and recommended way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as well as any other communicable disease. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, eating, or coughing or sneezing into your hands.
- COVER YOUR COUGH (AND SNEEZE) - Since the coronavirus is spread through airborne droplets, preventing the spread of droplets is key. When coughing or sneezing, do so into a tissue or your elbow. Do not use your hands. Wash your hands as soon as you can afterwards.
- IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME - If you are concerned that you have coronavirus or any other communicable disease, then please stay home to avoid infecting others.
What precautions will MidCamp be taking to prepare for the coronavirus?
The organizers are opening and maintaining communication with the staff of DePaul University. In addition, we are asking that attendees do their part by washing their hands regularly and taking steps to prevent spreading any virus.
Is MidCamp still happening?
Yes. As of the time of this writing, there are no intentions of cancelling MidCamp. We intend for this event to happen unless the venue, DePaul University, tells us that it cannot.
Is MidCamp doing any type of screening of attendees?
No. Screening equipment is expensive and unreliable. We are counting on you, the attendees, to self-screen. If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus, please don't spread it.
If I decide not to come to MidCamp, can I get a refund?
Yes. If you are unable to attend please email us to request a refund.
What will happen if there is an outbreak?
In the unlikely event of an outbreak at MidCamp, we will defer to our hosts at DePaul University and act in accordance with their emergency preparedness plan.
Will I be turned away at the door?
None of the organizers are currently trained medical professionals. However, if you attend and have visible signs and symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, we may ask you to get checked out by a professional before attending the sessions. Please use your best judgement.
In addition, DePaul University is following the recommendations of the CDC travel health notices and will not allow anyone traveling from a country currently designated as Warning Level 3 on campus.
What is the likelihood that there will be an outbreak at MidCamp?
The likelihood is low. Most cases in the US have originated from evacuees of a cruise ship, however there is always a possibility. We will be in contact with DePaul University staff at all times and in the event that there is a confirmed case, we will defer to their recommendations.
What should I do if I suspect someone has coronavirus?
Unless you are a trained medical professional, there is no reason for suspicion. Wash your hands frequently and cover your cough.
Will MidCamp have masks available?
No. Standard surgical masks are ineffective on uninfected individuals. A surgical mask should only be used in the case of reverse-isolation, or in other words, preventing the virus from getting out of an infected person.
The other type of mask, known as an N95 mask is only useful if the individual wearing it has had a fit test to find the right size and can guarantee a tight seal around the mouth and nose. Since we will not be doing fit tests or asking people to shave, we will not be providing masks.
Someone looks like they may come from a country that was mentioned as having many cases of coronavirus. Can I say something to them about it?
No. We are a welcoming and inclusive event and will not allow any form of discrimination against anyone attending because of what they look like. This would be considered a violation of our Code of Conduct and you may be asked to leave. If you have concerns, contact a MidCamp organizer.
I have coronavirus, can I come to MidCamp?
Please don't, but you can catch all of the recorded sessions after the camp on Drupal.tv.