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Client FAQs: How does COVID-19 spread?

How does COVID-19 spread?

Per the CDC, the virus is thought to spread primarily via direct person to person contact and, less commonly, via contaminated surfaces.

How long can the virus live on surfaces?

Precise times are unknown; however, studies on other coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS, found they can survive on metal, glass, and plastic for several days, unless they are properly disinfected.

What resources can I trust when learning more about the virus?

We recommend the following medical resources:

How can I minimize stress about COVID-19?

The first thing you can do is take steps to protect yourself, including washing your hands per CDC recommendations, staying updated on the virus status in your state, and boosting your immune system. The best way to boost your immune system is to make healthy lifestyle choices, including these tips from American Spa for boosting immunity during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Studies show you can also improve your immune system and lower stress with mindfulness practices such as meditation, gratitude, and other mind-body care tools.

How can I improve mind-body care to boost immunity?

There are many mind-body care tools available to you, including meditation, prayer, guided or visual imagery, breathwork, yoga, and creative therapies like music and art. Online resources like this series of articles from the University of Minnesota can help you understand more about mind-body care and choose the best therapy for you.

Counseling can also be a useful resource. A mind-body care therapist can help you find ways to pause, recenter, and restore. These professionals use a holistic approach to focus on the mind-body connection, self-care, self-compassion, and mindfulness. They may also offer tools such as clinical hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, or biofeedback.

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water?

What about hydrotherapy and locker room amenities?

Per the CDC, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

What specific safety procedures are spas putting into place to keep clients safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Because spas are focused on wellness, spa practitioners are in a unique position as they connect with clients, putting them at ease while keeping them healthy and safe. The spa industry is releasing information proactively, urging spa practitioners to be more diligent than ever about routinely disinfecting their facilities, including implements, furniture, and equipment, throughout the day. Please feel free to ask us what precautions our spa is taking to prevent the spread of any illness

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