Zenergy Alert: Staying Healthy During the Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak

by Stacy Whitman

COVID-19 (aka the coronavirus) fears have reached a fever pitch in our community and around the globe. While some people purchase surgical masks, stockpile food and rethink their spring break plans, others say it’s just a bunch of hype. As we hear talk of pandemics and are inundated with unsettling headlines and warnings, it’s hard to know what to do or think.

Zenergy is committed to doing everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all our members and guests. To help us all better understand the current situation and how to avoid succumbing to COVID-19 and other viruses, here’s a quick update on what we now know.

Who’s at risk?

At the time of this post, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Idaho and our individual risk is considered low. But as the respiratory virus continues to spread, so does our risk. Fortunately, the vast majority who contract COVID-19 will make a full recovery. Some may not even experience anything more than mild symptoms.

With COVID-19, older adults (particularly over age 70) and people with serious underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease (think COPD), cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and cancer seem to be at higher risk for major complications. People who are immunosuppressed are also at higher risk of infection. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19, though infections have been reported in China, including in very young children.

Until a vaccine is developed, the only way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. If you fall into the high-risk category, it’s particularly important to take actions to reduce your chances of exposure. Click HERE to learn more.

How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 is believed to primarily spread through direct or close contact (about six feet or less away) with an infected person. Droplets in the air produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes can be inhaled or land in a healthy person’s mouth. While it may be possible to catch the virus by touching a contaminated object or surface then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, experts believe COVID-19 is not usually spread this way.

Important steps to minimize exposure

Even if you don’t fall into the high-risk group, it’s wise to minimize your germ exposure as much as possible.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20+ seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use Zenergy’s hand sanitizer stations (details below).
  • Use disinfecting wipes before and after using equipment.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, then wash hands immediately.
  • If there is any doubt whether you are sick, please stay home for your own benefit and the health of our community.

Zenergy’s anti-germ plan

Zenergy uses the Victory Complete Electrostatic Sprayer to help control infections at the club. During this period of heightened sensitivity, and as a part of our continuing focus on public health, we are increasing the frequency and use of our sprayer in the club, covering all commonly used surfaces and equipment at regular intervals.

In addition to the hand sanitizer stations currently at our lobby front desk area and Pilates studio entrance, Zenergy has added several new hand sanitizer dispensers: outside of the Group Fitness and Cycling studios, outside of the Yoga studio, and in the Tennis courts.

Disinfecting wipe dispensers are also located throughout the gym and studios; please use them on equipment before and after use.

Boost your immune system A healthy immune system will help you fight off any viruses that you’re exposed to. Follow these tips:

Get enough sleep Adequate sleep is essential for a strong immune system. In a 2015 study, healthy men and women who slept less than six hours a night for one week were more than four times more likely to develop the common cold than those who slept more than seven hours.

Stay physically active A 2018 study published in Frontiers in Immunology concluded that your immune system benefits from a good workout. Exercise helps protect against upper respiratory infections by flushing out bacteria from your lungs and airways. Physical activity also increases your time spent in a deep sleep. Just don’t overdo it, as exercising too hard or long may lower your body’s immunity.

Give acupuncture a shot

Regular monthly acupuncture sessions support and strengthen the immune system by increasing white blood cell count, allowing for a swifter and stronger response to viral threats, according to research. Acupuncture also treats allergies, sinusitis, back pain, neck pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, fatigue, headaches, digestive disorders, PMS and menopausal symptoms, and can help in recovery from injury or surgery. Click HERE to book a private session with a Zenergy acupuncturist.

For More Information

Get up-to-date information from trusted websites including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Idaho South Central Public Health District.