Tue 10 Mar 2020 7:01AM

Considerations around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

F Franzi Public Seen by 37

Dear Kiezies,

Since late in 2019, the world is facing an epidemic of a new disease, named COVID-19, but often simply discussed as “the coronavirus”. We’re closely watching the evolution of COVID-19 in Europe, as you likely are too. We wanted to post a quick message from the Kiez Burn organisation about this.

Let’s start with the good news. As of now, there are no plans to cancel Kiez Burn 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 epidemic, but as you know the government asks events with +1000 PAX not to take place right now. Although we are closely monitoring the evolution of the situation, we are proceeding as usual with our planning of the event. All our teams are hard at work to make sure that we have a successful event this year.

This being said, the situation is rapidly evolving. As of early March, no public health institution knows what the situation will be next month, let alone in June. Any information that we might have about the state of things -- which countries have how many people affected, and which governments have taken what measures -- is bound to quickly become out of date.

Therefore, we cannot reliably say what will eventually happen and we have to prepare for every scenario. We will work closely with the local authorities, our external First Aid Team and firemarshalls on this matter -- about the evolution of the disease and how it might impact our ability to hold the event. We will of course keep the community informed as the situation progresses.

We are currently building a workforce around this topic to make sure we are prepared for possible future events. If you want to be part of this work force or have a background in a related field - please reach out to @Franzi.

This is also a time to remind ourselves that we are a community grounded in principles such as Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort, and that we each have a role in preventing the risks associated with the disease. We all need to play our part by keeping ourselves informed about the way the disease spreads, by following advice on how to keep ourselves and others safe, by gracefully accepting the containment measures that our local governments might set up and by engaging our community to make sure that they too play their part.

If you want to stay informed, here are some good resources:

Further information and advice will also be published in the survival guide and during the safety&security announcements.

That's all for now. Know that health and safety of the people at Kiez Burn is a top priority for us, and that we’re keeping a close eye on this. We will keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Virtual Hug,


Cris Tue 10 Mar 2020 11:42AM

"Remember not to get the COVID-19 just now. COVID-20 will come out in September"


Bee Tue 10 Mar 2020 1:46PM

Thank you Franzi for taking action on this. :) ❤️ If the team is lacking in numbers let me know if there's anything you need help with and I am happy to step in where possible.


walto Tue 17 Mar 2020 1:05AM

Good news anyone?

-China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.

- Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.

- Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.

- A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.

- Apple reopens all 42 china stores,

- Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.

- Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.

- Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe.

- Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

- 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.

- A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in COVID-19 research.

- A San Diego biotech company is developing a COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.

- Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.

- All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.

- Plasma from newly recovered patients from COVID-19 can treat others infected by COVID-19.

Let's care for each other and stay focused on safety of those most vulnerable.



Ancka Wed 18 Mar 2020 1:43PM

Thanks for sharing!