The following information was distributed by USA Hockey.
Hockey, with the counsel of Dr. Michael Stuart, its chief medical
officer, issued the following information regarding the H1N1 infection,
including recommendations to reduce the likelihood of spreading the
USA Hockey recommends:
Providing individual water bottles for players and not sharing water bottles.
Regularly washing hands.
Cleaning workout gear for each practice/competition.
Keeping gloves on during the traditional handshake with opponents
with influenza may develop typical signs or symptoms, including: fever
(102 degrees fahrenheit or greater), cough, muscle aches, runny nose,
headache or sore threat, with the potential for more serious
complications, including pneumonia.
This year's influenza virus strain has particularly affected
children and young adults. Transmission of the influenza virus may
occur from the day before the onset of symptoms and during the
five-to-seven days that the symptoms are present.
Infected individuals should stay home until signs and symptoms have resolved, with no fever present for at least 24 hours. The 24-hour no-fever timeline should be achieved naturally, without the aid of fever reducing medications.
Additional information regarding H1N1 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.