Saturday, March 14, 2020

Should Gyms be closed?

Should Gyms be closed?

Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA

Gyms are not at extra risk. They risk as high as of any other office. Sweat cannot transmit the virus but high-contact surfaces, such as barbells, can pose a problem. All fitness centers should step up cleaning measures to guard against the coronavirus.

There’s a lower risk of picking up the coronavirus at a gym or health club than at a church service or a temple. These services include being closer to people.

Only if the community spread has been demonstrated it  a time to be more cautious with all types of exposures, including a gym.

Objects like handles and doorknobs are “disproportionally affected by hands, and those are the surfaces most likely to have viruses in any establishment.

All Gyms should use a hospital-grade solution to disinfect all club areas three times a day, reminding people to stay home if they are sick and asking instructors to eliminate skin-to-skin contact, like hands-on adjustments during yoga.

All companies should inform their employees that they are stepping up its cleaning processes “to keep our facilities a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Wipe down your equipment after every block, and don’t hesitate to request a new wipe whenever you need to.

Diluted solutions of household bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol and several common household disinfectants should be effective against the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to avoiding frequently handled machines and equipment, it’s recommended, as always, that you wash your hands often and don’t touch your face. And if you’re feeling sick, stay home.

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