The new coronavirus (for the moment known as “Coronavirus 72”) has been confirmed in an outbreak in Quebec, Canada. It is not yet clear whether this is a new strain of the virus, but it certainly shows that an outbreak does exist. In the United States, there have been 19 confirmed cases, all of which were transmitted through the respiratory system.
There are four strains of coronavirus, so in all likelihood this is the fourth coronavirus. Although it is unclear what the current risk of transmission is from a case-patient’s respiratory system to another person, one thing is clear. People who engage in contact sports should wear face masks while swimming or other water-related activities.
They should also make use of hand-wash stations and if possible have them available at all pool areas. To protect themselves from contact with people who are sick, they should use personal protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, mouth pieces, gowns, masks, masks and disposable respiratory barriers. During outbreaks, there are no specific measures against the coronavirus in food, so any food that is being served at the pool should be thrown away or eaten by people who are ill.
Because of the possibility of aerosol transmission of the virus, there are now disposable respirators available for swimmer’s use. These respirators have filters attached and replaceable and are designed to filter particles down to microns. The ability to filter out larger particles reduces the risk of transmission and masks, gowns and other forms of personal protective equipment must fit properly or they will not do their job.
If you are required to wear an aerosolized particulate respirator during your swimming hours, make sure that your hand wash stations are readily available. If hand wash stations are not readily available, hand wash fluids should be liberally distributed to all individuals before entering the pool area.
Health care providers must be reminded of the importance of wearing an aerosolized particulate respirator when treating patients who suffer from pneumonia or other respiratory diseases. There is an element of fluency in the respiratory treatment of this particular virus. Therefore, the importance of being prepared is paramount.
Health care workers can further protect themselves from the virus by carrying along a supply of face masks and other similar respiratory disease face protection. These items can be effective at protecting them from getting a severe case of the common cold. Some of these items are quite inexpensive and are available for purchase from your local drug store.
As well, having a hand wash station available for swimmers is an important factor. There are many available, but most will include detergents that remove chlorine from the skin. Many of these stations also provide disposable face masks.
If you are unfortunate enough to get a severe case of the common cold, you will want to take every precaution to ensure that you can keep your mucous membranes healthy. Use a hand wash station and keep in mind that some of the other items that can make the symptoms of the virus worse include saltwater and foam. You do not want to get dehydrated.
You should also use a health care provider’s facilities to avoid getting infected. It has been discovered that there is a connection between direct contact with virus-infected hands and mouth, face and eyes and developing the condition. Having a swimming pool, above ground pool or spa nearby when you need to go is a good idea.
There are other places where the virus can be transmitted, including pools and spas. You should avoid going to a place where people who are very ill or even pregnant are swimming or diving. For example, in swimming pools, it is not uncommon for an ill individual to take medications for their illness home with them, particularly if they have access to a prescription pad.
At health care providers, the staff should provide you with information on the best methods of using personal protective equipment and how to stay safe when you are at the pool. You should take every precaution to protect yourself from the coronavirus. And, above all, use common sense.