How we are dealing with the Coronavirus at the Spa
The world is reeling with a new pandemic, and we too, of course, are faced with how best to approach precautions and best practices. Here's how we're dealing with the repurcussions of the Coronavirus at the Spa.
So much misinformation and fake news about the subject has made it difficult to write about the subject, but we are taking it seriously. Very seriously.
To that end, everyone at the spa is wearing facemasks and disinfecting hands and skin and surfaces ... well just about everything as and while we work.
We already keep our spa in tip top condition, but we're going out of our way to ensure you, our customer, feel confident that we are going the extra mile.
We love how Denise Fuller, licensed esthetician and cofounder of the National Aesthetic Spa Network (NASNPRO) in the USA advises the spa industry regarding the crisis:
"Don't be afraid. Fear and stress decrease your immune system. Just be wise and take precautions."
She offers a checklist of items to routinely clean and disinfect during the day - all of which we wholeheartedly agree with:
Coronavirus Hygiene Checklist
- Reception desk
- Credit card machine, computer keyboards, phone, pens
- Doorknobs and door handles—be sure to clean both sides so clients enter and exit touching a clean surface
- Common area surfaces, racks, shelves
- Bathroom, including the toilet flush handle
- Equipment such as hot cabinets, steamers, magnifying lamps, inside nail dryers and drying lamps, the refrigerator, laundry machines, baskets, and garbage bins
- Bottles, including shampoo, hairspray, skincare, essential oils, massage creams, body exfoliants, and nail polishes, plus, clean shampoo bowls and disinfect the neck of the bowl after each client
- Hair, wax, and nail stations
- Esthetic and massage rooms
- Chairs and all seating areas
- Employee lockers
We have also undertaken to educate our staff about how the virus is transmitted, it's seriousness in how it affects their livelihoods.
How the Coronavirus is transmitted
According to the WHO (World Health Organization) the COVID-19 virus is spread similarly to other common respiratory diseases such as the common cold - when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, fine droplets are dispersed into the air. Contact with these droplets, whether by breathing in or touching a surface where these droplets land can cause the transmission.
Symptoms of COVID-19 typically only show after about 14 days - much longer than the flu.
Here's what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has to say:
- 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.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
If any of our ladies working at the spa report feeling fluey in any way - they'll be quarantined at home. The CDC has very useful information about the Coronavirus and we follow their advice regarding the virus, not information posted on social media.
Fake News about Coronavirus
I recently received a whatsapp about how sipping water every 15 minutes will prevent the virus from attacking your body by washing it into the stomach where it will be destroyed. Bunk. Hogwash. We fact check all the time. Here's a great article about the latest fake news (at time of writing).
No. We take it all very seriously.
Be safe. Stay informed. We hope to see you soon for a relaxing treatment.