In light of the growing public-health concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to share what we know about this illness and what ALTIUS PERFORMANCE has been doing and will continue doing to prioritize your health and wellness. We will cover the following topics below:
Suggestions for how individuals can prevent illness and stay healthy
What ALTIUS PERFORMANCE is doing to keep clients and athletes safe
Boost your Immunity: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep and Individualized Vitamins
COVID-19 INFORMATION: WHAT WE KNOW
COVID-19 is a novel respiratory disease that has been declared a global pandemic. It presents a threat due to its newness, its contagiousness, and the lack of a vaccine or a clear treatment plan. The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, Prevention (CDC) , and local health officials are the trusted sources for the most accurate information. Vaccines are currently under development and expected in early application trials within the upcoming several months.
The coronavirus' health risk appears to be slightly less than that of of influenza in populations under 65. The health risk becomes quite elevated in older populations, those with compromised immune system function, or individuals with a history of smoking. Based on data so far, it's worth noting that children do not appear to be more susceptible to COVID-19 than adults. In fact, very few deaths have been reported among the very young. Additionally, based on existing cases, it's estimated that about 60 percent of people who are affected are asymptomatic or only experience mild symptoms.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
It’s important to process the considerable information we’re all receiving in a balanced and thoughtful way. With that in mind, worrying or panicking in response to the overwhelming amount of information can release cortisol that creates a biochemical stress in the body, which is known to compromise immunity.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE HABITS!
Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Keep your hands away from your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs, and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!
Now more than ever, it's essential to prioritize our health and fitness, and do all you can to boost your immune system so you're as healthy as possible, in the event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses, including COVID-19. These include:
Maintain an avid exercise and fitness program: Movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
Nutrition: Stick to a healthy nutrient-dense, diet, including known immune-supportive foods. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, industrial vegetable oils, and processed and refined foods, as much as you can.
Sleep: Get plenty of sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body's time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system.
Vitamins: Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental vitamin D + K2. High levels of vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness. Take the free assessment at www.altiusmn.idlife.com for a health score and individualized vitamin/nutrition recommendations.
WHAT ALTIUS PERFORMANCE IS DOING
Based on MDH and CDC and NFHS recommendations, we have established some guidelines on the use of our facilities under the current Stay Safe Minnesota Order. As always, please follow the recommended preventative measures in all instances:
Wash hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially
after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, we have hand sanitizer that is 80% alcoholCover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes: If you are in a public setting and do not have your cloth face covering on, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands.
Stay home when sick: The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to avoid exposing others and being exposed to the virus.
Implementing Social Distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not part of your
Our staff will wear facemasks for all group training sessions
Clean and disinfect: Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables,
doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
All coaches and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout.
Responses to screening questions for each person should be recorded and stored so that there is
a record of everyone present in case an athlete develops COVID-19.
Any person with positive symptoms reported should not be allowed to take part in workouts and
should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional.
Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts.
Attendance will be taken daily.
Adequate cleaning schedules have been created and implemented at the facility to mitigate any
Prior to an individual or groups of individuals entering a facility, hard surfaces within that facility
should be wiped down and sanitized (chairs, furniture in meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight
room equipment, bathrooms, athletic training room tables, etc.)
Individuals entering facility are required to wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
At ALTIUS, we are continuously monitoring the evolving situation and following the guidelines of the CDC in our facility to keep our members and team members safe and our facility clean. This includes:
Increasing the frequency of our cleaning protocols to using hospital and healthcare facility products such as Zogics Broad Spectrum Healthcare Facility Disinfectant, which has been found to be effective against viruses such as coronavirus.
Instructing our coaches and clients to clean equipment between uses and encouraging clients to wash hands thoroughly before and after training sessions.
- Reducing our class sizes and overall facility occupancy to 25% capacity, as well as scheduling 30 minutes between sessions to sanitize facility and equipment.
Asking staff and clients to refrain from visiting the facilities if they're not feeling well, as is always the case when it comes to illness, for their own good and the good of others.
Having plans in place should the need arise in any of our communities. We are meeting regularly to refine and update those plans as new information becomes available and to continue learning as much as we can in order to make informed decisions.
We all have a responsibility to do our part to limit the spread of this virus and other illnesses, especially to those at a higher risk due to age, compromised immunity, or pre-existing conditions. Additionally, by doing as much as we can to stay healthy ourselves, we support the healthcare providers who will be caring for those in greater need when it becomes necessary.
Your fitness, health, and well-being are of paramount value to us at ALTIUS PERFORMANCE. We continually pray for those affected by the outbreak and trust that our clients can continue to maintain exceptional health, conditioning, training, and performance through this evolving situation!
Thank you for your partnership and for the opportunity to work with and serve you.
Win this day!
The ALTIUS PERFORMANCE Team