Protecting you against the Corona Virus
We know that many people have already been affected by this confusing viral outbreak. It is a growing concern around the world that we hope will be contained soon.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) currently believes that the COVID-19 is mainly being spread in two ways:
- Person to person contact:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or they can possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- From contact with infected surfaces or objects:
By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
There are several extra precautions you can take to help prevent the unintentional spreading of this virus. Here are some ideas to help us feel safe and stay healthy (these are not full proof solutions).
1. Wash your hands.
Once you enter the studio (remember that the optimal duration is 20 seconds or the amount of time it would take to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
2. Carry hand sanitizer.
While it’s not as effective as washing your hands with soap and water, it is still helpful if you are in a pinch. Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol tend to be the most effective according to the CDC. We will provide these in the studio also as long as we can get supplies.
3. Everyone should minimize physical contact with each other.
Physical contact, especially hands-on adjustments are a great way to guide clients, but minimizing physical contact can reduce the risk of getting sick.
4. Try to prevent touching your faces.
Our quirky human need to touch our faces is one of the primary reasons these viruses spread so fast. Bringing this habit into awareness for everyone will help to stop the spread of illness.
Also, many of us were taught to sneeze and cough into our hands when we were kids. There is actually a better way to prevent spreading germs. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests “covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.”
5. Share useful (non-inflammatory) information.
There is a lot of scary speculation flying around. Reading about deaths and outbreaks near or around you can cause a natural internal panic. This episode of New York Times’ The Daily, The Coronavirus Goes Global, provides context and perspective on the scale and relationship to other global outbreaks.
6. Feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.
Mats have always been cleaned with antiseptic wipes after every class but feel free to bring your own mat if it helps you to feel more at eases.
7. Clean the equipment (including the handles and loops), and props with disinfectant.
After every class, as we normally do, clean the equipment, props, and accessories. Ensure thoroughly cleaning of reformers.
8. Clean studio and restroom regularly.
The studios are cleaned regularly and disinfected thoroughly every weekend. This includes wiping down surfaces and door handles in studios.
9. Get some fresh air!
Being in a closed space can expose you to germs due to recycled air that is circulating in the studio. Getting fresh air is a great way to boost your immune system.
We will constantly stay informed and respond appropriately as this global situation is updated.
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