These are uncertain times in which we currently find ourselves. I’m sure you’re aware of the global concern with COVID-19 (also referred to as the Corona Virus) which has led to extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this serious and potentially deadly disease. As of 3/13/2020, the CDC reports there are a total of 1,629 cases in the US that have resulted in 41 deaths. While you may have already heard a lot about this situation, we wanted to share what we know as well as what we’re doing to address the situation. The health and safety of our guest and team members are our primary concern. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to visit the CDC website ( www.CDC.gov ) to learn about this disease and what you can do to prevent this illness. What follows is some of their key recommendations but there is a lot more information available on their website.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
First, the severity of the illness depends on your age and health. By far the most serious and deadly cases are with older adults and those that have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes. If you’re in this category, it’s highly recommended that you take extra precautions and avoid crowds as much as possible. It’s suggested that you stay at home as much as possible.
The number one recommended method for protecting yourself is to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
While at the spa we encourage you to wash your hands before and after your treatments as well as before and after using the restroom. Our therapists wash their hands before and after each session.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. To use hand sanitizer:
- Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
We’ve made hand sanitizers readily available throughout the spa.
Having a hard time finding hand sanitizers for your home? It’s easy to make your own. Just mix 2 parts isopropyl alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel. Optionally you can also add a 8-10 drops of an essential oil to enhance the smell.
Also important (although admittedly hard to do), is to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Remain vigilant. If you get the urge to touch your face, go wash your hands and then it’s OK.
Stay home if you’re sick. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms, fever, coughing or sneezing, please stay home. If you have an appointment at the spa, just give us a call to reschedule your appointment when your well. Better safe than sorry.
To protect others, cover coughs and sneezes.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
We use a number of disinfectants to sanitize equipment, tools and frequently touched surfaces in the spa. Tools and equipment are sanitized between each use. We have increased the frequency that we sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, etc to every few hours.
So far in the US we’ve only had a relatively small numbers of reported cases compared to other countries.
It’s our hope that with everyone’s cooperation in following the procedures listed above and the extraordinary measures of cancelling all gathering of large numbers of people that we’ll keep that number small. Please remember, there’s nothing more important and the health and well being of yourself and your family.