Last Updated: March 16, 2020
What can people do to protect themselves and others from getting the coronavirus
With CoVid-19 Coronavirus coming to our communities, we have to prioritize staying rational, keeping calm, strengthening our immune systems all while being vigilant by taking precautions that keep viruses from spreading.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization (WHO) just described as a pandemic.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.
This health emergency has understandably caused concern and anxiety amongst the yoga community members. While we cannot eliminate all threats to the community, we can take preventative steps to minimize risk.
Yoga Alliance International remains vigilant and wants to share ways in which to practice meticulous health and hygiene habits to promote the safe teaching and practice of yoga. As with any situation, we advise the community to remain calm, stay informed, be prepared, and communicate.
We have compiled resources primarily from two credible sources which we recommend and encourage our members and the broader yoga community to consult on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information and guidance, given how quickly the information on this situation is evolving:
The main page of the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19;
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Below are suggested steps that may help to reduce or prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 in work or community spaces.
Stock and maintain your bathroom(s) with soap and water
Stock and maintain your studio(s) with at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Stock and maintain your studio(s) with disinfectant wipes
Stock and maintain your studio(s) with tissues
Offer no-touch receptacles where possible
Clean the bathroom(s) multiple times each day with a disinfectant cleaner and disposable paper towels or wipes
Clean the studio floors after each yoga class
Wipe telephones, keyboards, door handles, bathroom faucets, front desk surfaces, and anything that staff, teachers, or students commonly touch
Thoroughly wipe all rental mats and other props before and after each use
Wash blankets and bolsters more frequently
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.
Maintain at least 1,5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is talking to you. - And 3 meters if someone is coughing or sneezing
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease
Post signs in each bathroom and around the studio with respect to cough-and-sneeze etiquette (using a tissue and throwing it away, using upper sleeve if a tissue is not available, refraining from touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, etc.)
Post signs in each bathroom about washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Post signage at the front desk regarding the request to refrain from practicing at the studio if under the weather
Set up a COVID-19 response team that meets regularly to share information reports from the government state, and local resources and to manage various contingency plans, including staff (including teachers and volunteers) and practitioner communication
Ensure that your work-from-home policies (telework, remote meeting options, etc.) are flexible
Ensure that your sick leave policies are also flexible and consistent with public health guidance
Encourage staff, teachers, and volunteers to work from home or take a sick day if they are sick
Maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19
Maintain flexible policies that permit staff, teachers, and volunteers to stay home to care for a sick family member
Empower staff, teachers, and volunteers to ask sick practitioners not to practice if they are showing symptoms
Encourage staff, teachers, and volunteers to practice good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing their stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods
Don’t propose to know everything; stick to the basics
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