Flu Season Etiquette: Tips for helping us maintain a healthy studio environment

Flu season is here, which means that if you are around people in close quarters (say a gym or studio) you may be particularly susceptible to highly contagious illnesses such as a cold or the flu. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when they cough, sneeze or talk. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth or nose.

The good news is, there are steps we can both take, to help reduce the chances of getting (or spreading) illness. 

Steps our studio is taking:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, including slings, door handles, mats, etc. Viruses on surfaces can spread rapidly, especially in public places. Cleaning surfaces with disinfecting wipes can reduce surface contamination on these germ ‘hot spots.’ Slings are disinfected with tea tree oil, which is antibacterial and still safe for clients' skin. Slings are removed and washed weekly. Mats and door handles will be sanitized before and after each class. 

  • Installing an air purifier: Air purifiers can remove the smallest microbes in the air, reducing harmful airborne germs that not only include cold and flu viruses but also dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and smoke particles. Those can aggravate allergies as well.

  • New protocol: Clients will be asked to remove their shoes in the area outside the studio and place them on the shelf. Then encouraged to use complimentary hand sanitizer upon entering and choosing a sling. It is also a good idea to wash/or sanitize your hands prior to leaving. 

  • Limiting classes to one per day during flu/cold season. This will allow proper time to sanitize the room post class and help eliminate cross-contamination.
  • Communication with previous and new clients: Welcome emails, and texts will now include this important information. 
  • Discouraging participation while sick: If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, or have been around someone with those symptoms recently, do not hesitate to contact us to reschedule at no expense to you. Additionally, please read the following tips to keep you healthy inside, and outside, the studio.

Steps you can take:

  • Follow the new protocol listed above.

  • Wash your hands often: Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

  • Don’t wait until you or your family/friends are sick to start taking action: The reality is that most healthy adults can start infecting others one day before symptoms start to develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick themselves. That means that you can start infecting others before you even know you’re sick. Make a habit of washing your hands, and using hand sanitizer all year round.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Get plenty of sleep during the winter months. Being well-rested is a great defense to avoiding getting sick. Also eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, stay hydrated, and exercise regularly.
  • Reschedule your session if you are experiencing ANY flu or cold symptoms: Please DO NOT risk the health of yourself or your fellow aerialists. 

The safety and overall HEALTH of our clients is our number one priority! Thank you for choosing Hang Out Yoga. Together, we will get through this nasty season. BRING ON THE SUMMER!

How do you know if you have the flu?

If you’re feeling under the weather you should call or visit your doctor. The flu is a respiratory infection that many people often mistake for a cold. The biggest difference between a cold and the flu is usually the presence of a fever which comes on suddenly.

According to the CDC people who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills (although not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Erika Bennett