UPDATE 3/20/2020: CALIFORNIA SHUT DOWN.
Class discontinued until after the current crisis. Please stay safe and healthy!
To err on the side of good health and safety for our students and community we will proactively postpone training, until Saturday, March 28, 2020. In the meantime please maintain your own exercise, good diet and get plenty of sleep. We’ve also provided health guidelines below for when we do resume. Nobody in our school has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone with COVID-19 that we’re aware of.
While the number of confirmed cases in the entire Riverside County is small at this point we would all like to see it stay that way. We should apply science and common sense to navigate the situation, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
First, most healthy people who do contract COVID-19 will be fine. They might experience symptoms similar to any other cold or flu, including fever, cough, and other respiratory symptoms. And most will recover with supportive care and rest. If you have any concerns about yourself or your family please contact your doctor. Otherwise healthy people with symptoms should stay home, rest, hydrate, and avoid contact with other people. If you’re having symptoms you should not train, nor should you should not go to school, work, public places or events, etc.
The most vulnerable are the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and those with other illnesses (chronic lung problems, diabetes, cancer, etc). Pregnant women are also considered at increased risk. People in these groups need to be cautious and should avoid large public gatherings.
If there’s any good news it’s that younger people, including healthy children and adolescents appear to not be at increased risk for more serious infection. That doesn’t mean they can’t still be carrying and transmitting the virus. The vast majority of kids will have mild infections and recover quickly. If your child is ill, they should not go to school or participate in other group activities. If they are not ill, there are currently no recommendations to stay home from school or avoid activities.
We plan to resume training Saturday, March 28.
When we resume training here are our health guidelines in the dojo:
- Wash your hands before and after training! Use soap and warm water, and wash for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Hand washing is more effective (at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water) than using hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes. Wash your hands if you do.
- To avoid infection spread in the dojo, cough into your elbow or a tissue, then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands. Do not train if your are sick.
- Wash your hands as described above before and after training, if you touch your face or if you use the bathroom.
- Don’t use a cloth to wipe your face or blow your nose on the mat. Instead, step off of the mat, wipe your face or blow your nose into a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you need to get on and off the mat during training you may do so as needed.
- We will wipe down weapons with antiseptic wipes before and after use. As part of its cleaning regimen, we will also be regularly cleaning weapons and other common use objects in the dojo.
- Watch class or come and train solo! If you are concerned about physical contact, you can learn a lot by watching. Or if you are concerned and want to come and work “solo” without physical contact we are fine with that as well. Actually observation and solo training have huge benefits as well.
If we are notified of any student who has been exposed to COVID-19, we will immediately contact our students. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please take care of yourself and your families – and stay well!
Philip Greenwood, Sensei