A word from Absolutes Sports Physician & Australian Winter Olympic Chief Medical Officer:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generating a lot of attention at the moment and especially in health environments due to the nature of our work, contact with clients, many of whom are international travellers, and consults that may be held in confined spaces, etc.
We are all in this situation together, and so it is important that we look after ourselves, as well as each other – to do whatever we can to avoid the spread of infection.
No appointment or session is so crucial that it can’t be missed if you are unwell!
Please read the following COVID-19 guidance, and ask questions if you’d like more info, or specific advice.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease with an incubation period, from exposure to onset of symptoms from 2-14 days. During this period, an individual can be infected and spreading the disease even without any symptoms, although this is most likely to occur the day before they develop symptoms.
COVID-19 is likely to spread through:
- Close contact with an infectious person
- Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- Touching contaminated surfaces, and then touching your mouth or face
The following measures are in place to protect our health and safety and to manage potential risks and exposure to COVID-19 within the workplace. We will continue to monitor closely the Australian Government Department of Health, the World Health Organisation and any advice from state or territory government agencies.
Absolute Health & Performance is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our staff and clients, so we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all of our clients. These include:
- All appointment reminders now include an alert for people to stay away from their appts if they are feeling unwell
- We have nightly full site top to bottom cleaning (which we always have had)
- The staff sanitise the equipment between every single client, unlike a standard gym, because of the detailed private environment we have, which we always have done
- Daily full sanitisation of all areas of the gym, from every dumbbell handle and barbells, to the frames of every cages/platform/rigs/cardio equipment, additional to the nightly cleaning.
- Reception area and all client contact points are wiped frequently with antibacterial wipes
- Hand sanitisers are provided throughout the gym and also at the reception area so that all attendees sanitise their hands prior to entry to facility.
Absolute Health & Performance is not like a gym, and will be one of the safest areas of public space to avoid transmission because of the low foot traffic, single entry point, and highly educated staff up to date with medical hygiene protocols.
Currently there is no vaccine to prevent infection, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Please be reminded to always practice good hygiene and other measures to protect yourselves and others against infection. These include:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is more effective than sanitiser.
- Use provided hand sanitiser on entry and exit, as well as before and after training.
- Ask clients to also adhere to these standards.
- All clients receive appointment reminders which now include an alert to stay away if feeling unwell
- Only use gym environments with high hygiene protocols like Absolute
- Use provided hand sanitiser and disposable cleaning wipes to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, desk surfaces, keyboards and phones
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing using a tissue, elbow, or shoulder but not using your hands to do so. Ensure to dispose of tissues immediately in waste bins
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infection
- Maintain good hygiene in food preparation, only bring into work food that has been properly cooked and prepared. Food should not be left open in the staff room for communal sharing
- We encourage you to stay at home and seek medical care if you are sick. In particular if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, sore throat, shortness of breath) or a fever, you need to isolate yourself and call (don’t visit) your GP to organise coronavirus testing.
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is symptomatic, such as coughing, sneezing or with a fever AND ensure they leave the premises and seek medical attention.
- Use social distancing strategies such as avoiding close physical contact (e.g. shaking hands).
- Re-assess the need for large in-person meetings, such as CPD sessions; it may become necessary to post-pone or cancel such events
- If you have recently (within 14 days) arrived from an overseas location of high or moderate risk, you must be cleared by a doctor before you can attend Absolute