Coronavirus Update: Our Commitment to Your Safety
Gyms are confirmed as high-risk location for coronavirus
Given what’s occurring in the country right now with respect to the coronavirus, we’d be remiss if we failed to address this pandemic here. On March 9, we sent the following email to our customers:
As news continues to emerge about the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all understandably on high alert. Rest assured that at GYMGUYZ we have your safety, health and wellbeing as our primary concern.
GYMGUYZ’s day-to-day equipment cleaning procedures are very comprehensive and are already in place. We practice the no-touch policy and we will continue to be vigilant about cleaning equipment prior to each and every session. Given the current situation, we are increasing our already-in-place protocols to keep our clients and coaches in a safe environment. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be brought into each and every session. If any coach is experiencing a cough or cold they will be asked to stay home and practice the same important steps that are practiced for every cold and flu season.
One benefit GYMGUYZ has compared to the traditional fitness offerings is that we are not in a mass population environment.
We will continue to monitor and abide by all suggestions made from the CDC, while remaining as optimistic as possible.
Myths vs. Facts
As is common in situations like this, plenty of misinformation is floating around. To help you determine what’s true and what’s not, here’s some clarity from the senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins.
True or false? A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available. False — scientists are working on one, but developing a vaccine that’s safe and effective for humans will take many months.
True or false? You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, saltwater, ethanol or other substances. False. None of those offers any protection, and some are dangerous. The best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus (and viruses in general), include:
- Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing
Also, you can avoid spreading your own germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow and staying home when you’re sick.
True or false? The new coronavirus was deliberately created or released by people. False. Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that’s common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be.
True or false? Receiving products shipped from China will make a person sick. False. As of this writing, scientists note that most viruses like this one don’t stay active for very long on surfaces, so it’s not likely anyone would get COVID-19 from a package in transit for days or weeks. The illness is most likely transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough.
True or false? A face mask will protect you from COVID-19. False. Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators (such as the N95) can protect healthcare workers as they care for infected patients. For the general public without respiratory illness, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended. Because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. Also, people with the virus on their hands who touch their face under a mask might become infected.
People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others. Bear in mind that stocking up on masks makes fewer available for sick patients and healthcare workers who need them.
What Does the CDC Recommend?
With major sports leagues shutting down, Disneyland and other theme parks closing, many employers mandating telecommuting, and many colleges going to online classes, the coronavirus is being taken seriously by many Americans. The CDC notes that everyone can do their part to help it respond to this emerging public health threat.
- Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
- Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
- If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.
GYMGUYZ vs. Gym
Since 2008, GYMGUYZ has been providing in-home training for people who are committed to fitness, starting on the East Coast. The first San Diego franchise has been operating since 2018, and there are many reasons to check it out, including the three Cs:
- Convenience — What’s more convenient than personal trainers who come to your home? You’ll save time and benefit from privacy and personalized attention. Having an personal trainer in the comfort of your home is perfect for busy professionals, children, people with disabilities and seniors — as well as anyone who’s gym averse.
- Customization — Your fitness program will be created to focus on your specific goals, so it will be unique. Before your first session, we’ll conduct an in-depth assessment so we can customize your workouts and match you with the best certified trainer for your level and personality.
- Creativity — We accomplish our goal of ensuring you’re never bored by showing you creative ways to get in shape and stay motivated. No two routines are ever the same, to eliminate the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again.
Most importantly, GYMGUYZ delivers results, because your fitness program is created to fit your abilities and help you reach your goals. Your personal fitness coach will keep you motivated and accountable — plus we keep records of your workouts and progress so we can reassess your fitness level every 15 weeks.
Do you want to avoid the gym during this uncertain time — but not shelve your fitness goals? GYMGUYZ is the solution; we can design an exercise program that keeps you motivated and even provide tips on how to fuel your body, too. Ready to go? Call us at 619-832-1656 to get started.