David Moyes has revealed the measures he has put in place to guard against the coronavirus ahead of the crucial clash against Southampton.
The Hammers can climb out of the bottom three with victory over the in-form Saints.
Moyes will have to do so without impressive midfielder Tomas Soucek, who has been ruled out for a month through injury.
West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in December.
West Ham and Saints contrasting fortunes since last meeting
The two clubs have had contrasting fortunes since with West Ham slipping further into danger and Southampton going on a streak that has all but ensured their survival.
The relegation battle may seem all important to West Ham fans.
But it is set against the backdrop of the coronavirus, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.
The Premier League has been locked in talks about potential plans if major public gatherings are restricted or even banned by the government (Liverpool Echo).
And speaking in his pre-match press conference, Moyes revealed the measures West Ham have put in place.
‘Just fist bumps’ Moyes reveals coronavirus contingency
“After consulting with the medical team, we have supplied all the players with hand gel to keep with them,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).
“We’ve also agreed to no shaking hands at the moment, just fist bumps.
“If we score tomorrow, of course they’ll be able to celebrate.”
Moyes’s side must try to get their first win for eight league matches to kickstart any hopes of survival.
Hammers facing must-win game
A win would likely keep the Hammers out of the bottom three until they play Wolves at home, where they could do their survival hopes the world of good with another victory.
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But West Ham must take things one game at a time and pick up the four or five wins they need to stay up between now and May 17th.