Cleaning & Disinfecting Information
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We want to let our friends and clients know what WeBeFit is doing, to address the coronavirus matter.
To fight the spread of COVID-19 we've changed how our facility is used. These are the steps you will go through to use our facility and why we're doing things this way.
All customers and trainers are required to wear masks. A relatively low number of viral particles are needed to establish an infection. Some doctors like Willem van Schaik a professor of microbiology at the University of Birmingham believes it's as low as 1,000 to 1,500. (1)
The math is simple. A successful infection happens when you have repeated exposure to the virus over time. Your job is to reduce the amount of the virus you're exposed to by requiring everyone to wear masks and stay far enough apart so the virus can't reach you (social distancing).
Customers without masks have the potential to spread far more viral particles into the air during a 30 minute to 1 hour session, than someone passing you on the street. Going without masks would put the trainers at risk.
Remember, the masks people wear in public aren't that effective at stopping you from GETTING the virus. Their primary function is to prevent someone who is infected, but doesn't know it, from GIVING the virus. YOUR mask helps protect ME and MY mask helps protect YOU. Going out in public without a mask doesn't put you at risk, it threatens the people around you and is an incredibly selfish thing to do.
This article is also quite informative: Do Masks Make You Breath too Much Carbon Dioxide? (Spoiler alert, they don't.)
You can get more information about masks by reading our article: Mask-Wearing Myths and Realities
Every customer will have their temperature taken before they can begin a session. Anyone with a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit will be asked to go home until their temperature falls back into the normal range.
A person is diagnosed with a fever once their temperature reaches 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees celcius. The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can vary in people from 97 to 99.
It's not uncommon for someone to be sick, with an elevated temperature and not even realize it. This is a way to make sure people who are sick, are going home to rest and recuperate from whatever they are dealing with.
The World Health Organization stated that 88% of people infected with COVID-19 experience a fever. However that number has been revised down to 78% after considering asymptomatic people. That means temperature is an extremely effective means of initial screening.
Upon entering our facility, every customer must wash or sanitize their hands. That must be done for 20-30 seconds, as detailed in our article about handwashing here. Handwashing and Your Health - Soap and Water versus Hand Sanitizers
Once in the gym, our customers each have a designated workout area. There is a minimum of 150 square feet per person, separated by floor to ceiling room-dividing curtains. These curtains are to prevent one customer from accidentally getting too close to another during the workout.
Dumbbells, kettlebells and high touch surfaces have been covered with copper, as one of our passive forms of protection.
In a typical gym, many of the surfaces are covered with stainless steel and plastic. Studies show that COVID-19 can last up to 72 hours on those surfaces. There may not be enough of the virus left to infect someone after three days, but researchers still don't know how long those surfaces can pass an infection on.
On copper, no viable COVID-19 was measured after just 4 hours. There is a 50% reduction of the virus on a copper surface in just 1.1 hours. (2)
"...incorporation of copper alloys in communal areas could help to reduce infection spread from touching surfaces contaminated with coronaviruses." (3)
Copper doesn't just kill viruses, it's also deadly to bacteria. By covering things with copper we dramatically reduce the germs that can survive in our facility. There was a study that compared using gym equipment with regular stainless steel grips versus copper alloy grips. The bacterial numbers were 94 per cent lower on the copper alloy grips.
"Copper-containing surfaces may be a beneficial addition to commonly applied cleaning practices, because they provide continuous and persistent antimicrobial action even with surface wear and oxidation. In our study, when copper was incorporated into various formites, it resulted in a reduction in the microbial load on associated surfaces on a busy acute care medical ward. Most importantly, the surfaces that were frequently touched by the staff, visitors, and patients, such as door push plates, pull handles, and tap handles on the ward, were less contaminated when copper fittings were used than when standard fittings were used." (4)
Copper covered dumbbells at WeBeFit Personal Training Center.
Every weight that a customer uses is set aside for cleaning. Spraying a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution will kill the virus in just 30 seconds. We use fine misters and spray the surfaces so they can kill germs for up to a minute. (Don't wipe the solution while it's wet, let it stay on the surface and do it's job.) (5) (6)
We do not use a 99% solution, because it evaporates too quickly.
At the end of a customers session, we move high-powered UV-C lights into the workout area. That light kills the virus in the air and on all exposed surfaces.
(Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.)
“...Ultraviolet light in the "C" range, also known as UV-C, has been shown to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The big challenge with using UV-C light is being sure your UV lamp provides a large enough dose of UV-C light to all the surfaces you need to disinfect, such as a mask, phone, or an entire room, and that you are not exposed to the UV-C light, as it is dangerous.” (7)
To use UV-C safely, WeBeFit is cleaning each section with UV-C lights behind barriers. One of the highest recommended products for UV-C light sterilization is from CureUV. WeBeFit is using the GermAwayUV Mobile UVC Surface Sterilizer with Motion Sensor Shutoff for UV light sterilization.
UV-C sanitizing lights at WeBeFit Personal Training Center.
Customers who are sick are not charged a cancellation fee and they can re-schedule whenever they're better.
By following all these procedures, we are trying to prevent the virus from coming in. If it does come in, we're letting it passively die on the copper and killing it actively with isopropyl alcohol and UV lights.
All our previous cleaning and disinfection procedures will continue. These procedures are above and beyond what we've done in the past.
(1) The average number of viral particles needed to establish an infection is known as the infectious dose. We don’t know what this is for covid-19 yet, but given how rapidly the disease is spreading, it is likely to be relatively low – in the region of a few hundred or thousand particles, says Willem van Schaik at the University of Birmingham, UK.
NewScientist - Does a high viral load or infectious dose make covid-19 worse?
HEALTH 27 March 2020 - By Linda Geddes
(2) The New england Journal or Medicine - Aerosol and Surface Stability of SAR-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
April 16, 2020
(3) Human Coronavirus 229E Remains Infectious on Common Touch Surface Materials
Sarah L. Warnes, Zoë R. Little, C. William Keevil
Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
(4) Cambridge University Press - Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology - The Antimicrobial Efficacy of Copper Alloy Furnishing in the Clinical Environment: A Crossover Study
T.J.Karpanen,PhD;1 A. L.Casey,PhD;1 P.A.Lambert,DSc;2 B. D.Cookson,FRCPath;3 P.Nightingale,PhD;4 L. Miruszenko,RGN;5 T.S.J.Elliott,DSc5
January 2012, vol. 33, no. 1
(5) The Most Effective Ways to Kill Coronavirus in Your Home
March 18, 2020 - By Robert Preidt - HealthDay Reporter
(6) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
(7) ConsumerLab.com - Do UV light sanitizing wands and boxes kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?
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