ESL to implement health screening for IEM Katowice attendees amid coronavirus outbreak

ESL has announced that all guests attending IEM Katowice will be subject to a health check amid coronavirus fears.

The decision is included in the updated guidelines for the Polish event as ESL continues to work closely "with the local government and health authorities" before the tournament reaches its live stage, at a time when Poland has yet to report its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The mandatory health screening will include temperature checks for every guest entering the Spodek arena from Friday to Sunday. Those who have a high temperature may not be allowed inside the venue, a decision that will be made on a case-by-case basis by dedicated medical personnel on-site, an ESL spokesperson has told

Fans attending IEM Katowice will be subject to temperature checks

The travel routes for all players, press and special guests were verified by ESL, which asked all those coming from high-risk areas to either "provide a valid health certificate" or "attend additional health screenings."

Over the course of the three-day live event at Spodek, ESL will be adding extra medical staff, first aid patrols and additional sanitization stations for all visitors, who will be educated on hygiene measures.

The coronavirus has already spread to at least 42 countries, infecting over 80,000 people and claiming nearly 3,000 lives. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the respiratory infection as a global health emergency.

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Here we go
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United States Frotha
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Spain Dicraftio
0.1% lethal but ok
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Spain Dicraftio
Sorry bro 0,2%
2020-02-26 19:27
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thats the best case scenario tho
2020-02-26 19:45
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wdym best case scenario, no one attending iem katowice will be 80 years old, there are only 16-25 year olds so .2 is right
2020-02-27 08:02
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name checks out
2020-02-27 15:42
That means that one in every 500 infected has a high chance of dying.. Now imagine spreading that out to thousands of viewers on a stadium who then spread it to their family and friends. Just because 0.2% seems awfully small from personal perspective, it doesn't chance the fact that the virus is killing people daily and is pretty good at spreading.
2020-02-27 21:27
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Spain Dicraftio
Coronavirus its actually like a flu, it is not lethal among people with an average immune system. The people who died are the ones with respiratory problems and bad healthcare, I know it's still an issue but it's a bit pointless since you can be infected and go undetected due to the time it takes to show symptoms. Right now I would even preffer this than forbid the crowd entrance to the Spodek. I know they did it right, my point was that they are alarming everyone and that isn't good either.
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2020-02-26 18:57
actually 3%, 0.01% have flu ;)
2020-02-26 21:43
oh no...
2020-02-26 18:58
No reports of coronavirus in Poland yet, but good to keep safety measures.
2020-02-26 18:58
Coronavirus to Poland, here we goo
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Total agreement made.
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watch someone who doesn't get admitted to arena say its discrimination
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Poland SebL
Well done.
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Russia NikSmoK
They didn't have any tests. Don't go without a fffp5 mask and a glasses person can be healthy but still spread corona.
2020-02-26 19:11
What’s the problem with the world and corona? Mexico has been dealing with it for ages
2020-02-26 19:11
South Africa @FyreCS
Very wise by ESL! I am impressed!
2020-02-26 19:12
Sweden Akoulad
This is actually good!
2020-02-26 19:21
what a joke
2020-02-26 19:22
Lol what a joke.. You can have the Corona virus without a fever.. Intel 0iq RIP
2020-02-26 19:24
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+1 LOL, some people wont even feel corona virus but they wil spread it anyway
2020-02-26 19:25
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Yeah.. So technically this is a liability for Intel. If their "screenings" fail (which it will), and people get Corona from non-fever individuals from there, then Intel lawsuit and bankrupt. But maybe not, Intel have contracts with government and CIA.
2020-02-26 19:37
0 iq is your comment. Its better to detect the obvious cases (which are also more infectious) than doing nothing at all.
2020-02-26 19:44
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Lmfao. Braindead idiot spotted. Do you research before you sound like a dumbass.
2020-02-27 01:05
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Take it easy. Thank you.
2020-02-27 16:19
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I apologize, I did stoop to a low level there, it's just there's too many insane opinions about such a serious situation the world is in, so many lives are being risked and also lost. I will watch my tone about this subject.
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Poland Julka
That's good
2020-02-26 19:24
+1 I live 20 min long walk away from the event, so yeah
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That's really cool Good professionalism from a great esport org
2020-02-26 19:34
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Temperature checks are completely ineffective against this virus, but go on...
2020-02-27 07:55
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Are you fuck you?? The goal is not to cure them but to identify ill person to not let t h em into the arena.
2020-02-27 09:10
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Temperature checks will not detect the majority of people ill with this virus. I speak English as a first language, you do not. Understand.
2020-02-27 19:08
Won't help. Corona incubation period is about 1 month, so anyone who looks fully healthy can already be infected and infect others. GG.
2020-02-26 20:11
vibe check
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African Union mikecool
2020-02-26 21:57
Better than nothing,
2020-02-27 02:59
What's the point? The temperature checks have already been proven to be useless because a lot of infected don't show fever symptoms. If you really want to have no coronavirus at the event, cancel the crowd portion and refund the tickets. Your temperature checks will do exactly nothing - and even if you did catch someone at the door, they've already infected some of the people who lined up around them.
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Canada $t4Rboy
What they need to do is stop all international events... We need to ride this one out like Helm's Deep. ONLY essential travel (such as cargo shipments, etc.) to prevent economical collapse.
2020-02-27 09:27
temperature checks seems useless, corona virus can be hidden for up to 14 days, so gg
2020-02-28 08:20
aged well
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