These certainly are interesting times we’re living in, aren’t they?
With each day comes new information and new restrictions about the way we interact with one another to protect ourselves and those most vulnerable to Coronavirus. I wanted to reach out to you to reassure you that I take the guidelines seriously, and just like you, am adjusting my practices accordingly.
How are you? I hope you’re well and are following the advice about “social distancing” to ensure that we’re all doing our bit to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Some of my clients have enforced policies quickly to support this approach and I fully endorse their actions.
Thankfully, so far I have not come into contact with anyone with the Coronavirus, haven’t travelled anywhere overseas since mid-last year and am enjoying great physical health. Just so you know!
All around us, we’re seeing how humans respond to uncertainty as they try to regain control in a situation that we can merely respond to. While this is totally understandable, it’s important that we keep clear heads so that we can be cautious and not panicked. Panic has led to us forgetting that we’re all in this together and we need to remember that while we’ll each be impacted, some will be impacted a great deal more than others. Before we act through the lens of fear, let’s think about the impact of our actions on others. We’re reading more and more about families and individuals who now can’t access basics because of others’ selfish acts like hoarding food and essentials. Don’t let that be you.
My call to you is to be educated, informed and cautious so that you can respond with awareness and preparation.
When I meet with you, please know that I will be sending you a hug with my eyes and may touch elbows (as ridiculous as that sounds), in lieu of my habitual handshake and hug/kiss. Please know that this will not be easy for me because I love seeing you. I do this out of my respect for you and for myself. I will also use antibacterial foam in front of you to further demonstrate my respect for you; it is NOT because I think you’re contagious! And, I do not use this instead of frequent hand washing and hygiene – it’s on top of that.
I am practicing the following to reduce the risk of Coronavirus and urge you to do the same:
ONE: Frequently wash your hands with soap and running water.
It’s best to wash for at least 20 seconds and then dry off with disposable towels or a hand dryer. Do not use shared towels.
TWO: Avoid t›ouching your eyes, nose and mouth
Most especially when you are out in public places or have just gotten back from a trip.
THREE: Cover your nose and mouth if you are close to someone who coughs or sneezes and cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and discard immediately after.
FOUR: Continue healthy habits.
Get moderate exercise, drink plenty of fluids and make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep. Some information suggests gargling with saline or antibacterial fluid to help prevent the virus from exacerbating in your body as some sources say it starts in the throat before infecting the chest. This information may even change, but it won’t hurt to practice mouth and throat hygiene.
FIVE: Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick or if you discover you’ve been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, even if you have no symptoms.
Contact a doctor at the first sight of symptoms. If you absolutely must go out, wear a face mask.
SIX: Don’t wear a face mask if you are well.
SEVEN: If you have been travelling and been to a high or medium risk country, please contact me to discuss options:
technology is available for us to find suitable alternatives to face to face meetings.
EIGHT: Avoid physical contact with others as much as you can.
Going forward, when workshops are scheduled, rest assured that I will have medical grade hand sanitiser for you to use and will be using disposable gloves where appropriate. Tissues will also be made available.
For more information, you can check out this https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Look forward to seeing you soon, and let’s keep each other informed.