As attention on the Coronavirus grows, Club 24 and its associates are working hard to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus. Your safety and your health is our top priority.
Here we will answer a few commonly asked questions:
How is Club 24 working to prevent the virus?
- Providing members and employees of Club 24 with the appropriate hand sanitizer to kill the (COVID-19) Coronavirus.
- Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
- Covering one’s mouth if we feel the need to cough or sneeze then taking the appropriate steps to eliminate any sign of germs especially with consideration to the virus.
- Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and practicing the same precautions.
- Deep cleaning of our gyms, equipment, frequently used surfaces and everything in between.
- Our employees continue to emphasize and implement best practices in cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods.
- Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
What are the symptoms?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that these are the following symptom, “Patients with Cvoid-19 reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.”
“COVID-19 infection often causes fever, cough, and some trouble breathing. Some people have mild symptoms. Other people can get quite sick. Rarely, people die.” Oregon.gov
How does the (COVID-19) Caronavirus spread?
The CDC states, “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.”
The virus is also thought to be spread through contact with infected surfaces or objects but it is not the main way the virus spreads and not very common. To get the virus through an infected surface one would have to touch an infected surface, then their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. Based on information from other coronaviruses, the virus stays on glass, metal, plastic for 9 days at the longest. Ooregon.gov says, “the Coronaviruses cant survive for long on surfaces.”
If I feel symptoms what do I do?
The first step in any health emergency is to call your primary care physician. Make sure to call before you visit so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others. If it is not an emergency and you are experiencing “mild symptoms”, Oregon.com states, “If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to see medical care, stay home while you recover.”
How to prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
To help in the prevention of COVID-19, one must wash their hands and/or use 60% alcohol-based sanitizer as often as possible. One must NOT touch their face even after the disinfection of one’s hands. Stay away from those who may show symptoms. Go home and see your doctor if you begin to see symptoms as listed above. Cover your mouth with a tissue if you feel the need to cough or sneeze, dispose of the tissue and sanitize immediately after. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces and everything in between. Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient. Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.
Do masks prevent against the Coronavirus?
“There is little evidence that masks limit exposure or decrease the risk of illness when used in the public setting. They might lead to a false sense of security and make people less likely to take other, more effective measures to decrease the risk of infection. Masks do appear to be useful when they are worn by people who are ill to limit the spread of the virus when the ill person coughs or sneezes.” Oregon.gov
CDC does not recommend that people who are well, wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Someone has returned to work or school from an affected area, should I avoid them?
“Many people who are returning from areas with broad community spread of COVID-19 are working with public health and doing self-quarantine for the 14 days after their last exposure. When they have completed that quarantine without illness, they are no longer at increased risk of illness. You needn’t worry, and we thank them for doing the right thing to help protect the community.” Oregon.Gov
The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, such as with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal influenza, are currently widespread in many US communities.” – cdc.gov
COVID-19 is spread person-to-person, having first been introduced to humans through an animal (COVID-19 is very closely related to a bat coronavirus, but whether it went through another animal first is not known). – menshealth.com
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or product shipping from China?
According to the CDC: There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely a very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.
NOTE: Listed above are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
Oregon residents who have any questions can call 211. (211 connects people with health and social service organizations).
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Note: The DOH coronavirus hotline (1-800-525-0127, press #) is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable.
For more information:
- OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
- Washington Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- CDC travel notice: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- WHO page: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus
- Oregon Healthcare Authority FAQ: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/COVID19-FAQ.aspx
- Mens Health, Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Coronavirus