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The pace of spread of the Coronavirus is increasing rapidly within the UK.  We have now taken the decision, after consultation with DS Active, to suspend the weekly DS Active training session.  Please see below the statement issued by DS Active.  Initially this will be until 3rd April, when the situation will be reviewed.


“As you have undoubtedly seen in the media, more cases of Coronavirus in the UK are being reportedly on a daily basis. Today (Friday 13th March) we have started to see sporting events cancelled and postponed due to the virus. The Down’s Syndrome Association has received many questions on the virus and whether people with Down’s syndrome are at an increased risk. Unfortunately we do not have any information with regards to the specific risks children, young people and adults who have Down’s syndrome, apart from the fact that if they have an underlying medical conditions e.g. diabetes, heart disease, leukaemia, or respiratory conditions then they are at an increased risk of having a more severe illness. The DSA have produced an easy read guide on the virus for people with Down’s syndrome which can be accessed here https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/news/corornavirus-information-resources/

This link will also be constantly updated so please keep an eye on this web page for further advice.

The DSActive team RECOMMEND that all DSActive sessions are SUSPENDED until Friday 3rd April. The DSActive team will be keeping a close eye on the situation and will be reviewing this advice on Monday 30th March. Please keep an eye on the DSA website and social media channels for updates.

We would advise all clubs to follow Government advice closely as the situation is a constantly evolving one. All participants should be strongly encouraged to regularly wash their hands with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel, catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, throw away used tissues, avoid touching their face and avoid close contact with people who are unwell. People who have underlying health conditions, and those displaying any symptoms of the virus (high temperature, persistent cough, breathing difficulties) should seek further medical advice by calling NHS 111.”

Alex Rawle
DSActive Project Manager
Down’s Syndrome Association