A Lucid Response to the Covid-19 Concern

Update – March 13, 2020

Greetings Lucid Family,

We are faced with a challenge like none we have ever encountered and our hearts go out to you as the California Governor’s words “Cancel Everything” echo through our shared realities. We also have the opportunity to meet this challenge with compassion, grace, patience and love. 

We would like to state our strong support for the measures being put into place by the local and state authorities. While it saddens us beyond words that we will not be able to welcome you at Live Oak this April, we feel without a doubt that this is the course we must uphold. If we as a community (Lucidity and beyond) can respond quickly to this situation, the wave may pass with minimal harm. 

At Lucidity central we met today to discuss our contingency plans for our event. While we didn’t answer all the questions, we do have some important updates for you. Take a deep breath, grab a glass of water, and lend an ear.

1. We are postponing Lucidity Festival: Regeneration Earth to the fall. At the current moment, we are attempting to secure the best possible date between September and November.

2. We aim to have a clear new date announced by April 11th. We need this month to PAUSE and solidify our rescheduling plan. We ask that you sit tight and please avoid the urge to overwhelm our communication channels unless you have an urgent time sensitive issue. We are here for you AND know we’ll be fielding a lot.

3. Please DO cancel any April travel plans, reservations, accomodations, rentals, etc. you may have made and stay home, safe and sound.

4. We’re all in this together.

5. The Universe is asking us to take a big PAUSE right now. We are listening and abiding. Please take this time to do so also… be with family, stay healthy, get good sleep and dream big. When we are finally able to come together, we are confident that we will truly be able to Regenerate the positivity and hope for our Earth.

Love always and in all ways,

The Lucidity Festival Crew

Update – March 12, 2020:

Lucid Family,

You may have heard that Governor Gavin Newsom has placed a California-wide ban on events over 250 people until at least the end of March. We want you to know that Lucidity is aware of these new developments and is deep in the creation of contingency plans. While our April event might just be allowed to take place if everything calms down in the next two weeks, we don’t wish to gamble with this global public health concern. Your safety is our number one priority.

We don’t yet have the details of these contingency plans, but we are doing our best. Please be patient while we work out the details and as soon as we know, you’ll know. We love you, hang in there… oh… and wash your hands, boost your immune system, get good sleep, and keep calm!

In Service,
Lucidity Festival Crew

If you’re sick, stay home (from work, events, and running errands) wash your hands often, sanitize surfaces, evaluate your personal risk and act accordingly, and whatever you do, keep calm!

First, we want to assure you that we have no plans to cancel our event.  While we do share concern over public health in general, the direct risk at this time from Covid-19 does not warrant such a strong response. Right now, most of us are at limited risk of contracting Covid-19 (the novel Coronavirus). The overwhelming majority of us who do contract it will have only mild symptoms, and will fully recover.

That said, with news of potential community transmission in a small number of areas, we believe that now is the time to begin acting with an abundance of caution to slow the spread of the virus. 

Please read up on the virus, and make sure you’re reading reputable sources. The current (updated March 3rd) risk assessment from the CDC states:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from tetr Covid-19 is considered low.
  • Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes Covid-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with Covid-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with Covid-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to Covid-19.

1. Do not attend Lucidity Festival events if you have had cold- or flu-like symptoms or stomach upset within 48 hours of the event.

Rationale: Approximately 80% of Covid-19 cases present in ways that make it hard to distinguish from a common cold or the flu (incidentally, one shouldn’t attend Lucidity Festival with these illnesses, either.) From the Journal of the American Medical Association:

The most common symptoms at onset of illness were fever (136 [98.6%]), fatigue (96 [69.6%]), dry cough (82 [59.4%]), myalgia [muscle pain – WWIII] (48 [34.8%]), and dyspnea [difficulty breathing – WWIII] (43 [31.2%]). Less common symptoms were headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting (Table 1). A total of 14 patients (10.1%) initially presented with diarrhea and nausea 1 to 2 days prior to development of fever and dyspnea.

If symptoms are beginning to present for any of these infections, then you’ve likely already been asymptomatically contagious for at least a day or two already, and possibly as long as two weeks. If you’ve been exposed to any sickness, please stay home.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, JAMA

2. Wash your hands upon arriving and frequently thereafter.

After checking in and setting up camp, the first thing you’ll do when arriving is wash your hands and wrists for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. We will be providing additional hand washing stations around the site grounds, USE THEM OFTEN. 

Wash your hands before interacting with the food or beverage areas. 

If you do cough or sneeze, do it into the crook of your elbow or a facial tissue, not your hands. 

Rationale: Touching our hands to our faces (nose, mouth, and eyes) is one of the most significant vectors of transmitting respiratory illnesses to ourselves and one another. Keeping our hands clean is therefore a pivotal way to care for ourselves and one another. Coronavirus is killed by soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Washing one’s hand and body after potential exposures is the best way to help limit the spread of all infectious agents. Evidence shows that increasing handwashing even a small amount can have a huge impact on limiting the spread of a disease. Viruses get around by hitching a ride on droplets from our mouths and noses when we cough, sneeze, talk, or breathe. Sneezing or coughing into our elbows is a best practice for limiting transmission.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Medical News Today

3. Evaluate your personal risk

Lucidity’s community members are comprised of a wide cross-section people, it’s important that we all evaluate our health risk and participate in events with our risk in mind. 

Covid-19 presents greater risk of severe disease for elderly folks than younger folks; for those with compromised immune systems; people who have diabetes or chronic cardiovascular diseases. If you are a part of one of these populations, or have frequent exposure to these populations through work or family members, consider taking reasonable precautions against getting sick — your well-being is paramount. Those reasonable precautions may well include avoiding the risk of unnecessary exposures at large gatherings.

Sources: The Hill

4. Keep Calm and Carry On

Spread accurate information. Be sure that your information about Covid-19 is coming from reputable scientific or government sources. Spreading misinformation and baseless conspiracy theories is dangerous and irresponsible, as it makes it harder for us to protect one another and ourselves. Call it out when you see it, and demand reputable sourcing of claims.

Let’s have fun AND do what we can to take care of ourselves, and the greater community!

Gratitude to: Bonobo Tribe & William Winters/Misha Bonaventura for creating and sharing solid information about this issue.

With Love,

Lucid Fam

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