A likely Coronavirus Response will disrupt our lives and our Yoga.
I am sure you all are concerned with the unfolding crisis and its all our responsibility to take the matter seriously and mitigate spreading the virus.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This is a dynamic situation and the status changes hourly.
Changing our behaviour
I thought this is excellent advice from Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling. He told BBC Newsnight people shouldn’t act like someone who is avoiding contracting the virus but rather as someone who already has the virus and is trying not to pass it onto others. Full video here.
Most people have a fear of acquiring the virus. I think a good way of doing it is to imagine that you do have the virus, and change your behaviour so that you’re not transmitting it,” he said.
Don’t think about changing your behaviour so you won’t get it, think about changing your behaviour so you don’t give it to somebody else.”
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
A Yoga studio is a community space, and transmission is possible.
For teachers and students at Erling’s Yoga, 7 Arthurs Hill, Shanklin, PO37 6EW
We will ensure that our studio mats are wiped down and cleaned after use. However, I would strongly advise that students acquire personal mats and use them exclusively.
We require that students wash their hands thoroughly (min 20 seconds) before attending class. We will provide hand sanitizers in reception, but these are less effective than hand washing.
Please wash your feet and ensure they are clean before attending class. Feet and hands touch mats, so this is one of the reasons we are advising students to use their own personal yoga mats. Wear socks if you feel more comfortable.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene:
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19.
Don’t attend class:
As we know, COVID-19 can spread in our community, anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. If you are concerned, visit the NHS website for more useful help.
I think that we have to be sensible and responsible, and could have to cancel classes until the spread of COVID-19 is under control. I am happy to make the call to keep us healthy and temporarily stop classes, and I hope you respect my decision.
Thank you for reading this Erling McCracken
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