Reducing COVID-19 transmission in the gym
We have worked with Dr David Lawrence, a highly experienced physician who has over 35 years NHS service and brings a breadth of knowledge to health and medical issues and the challenges of delivering health care across the spectrum in the 21st century.
Dr David has been advising us on the development of safer standards within PureGym and here he answers some of the questions you may have.
No, there is the same chance of getting COVID-19 in all areas indoors, the key is keeping social distancing in place, follow cleanliness guidelines and aerosolisation guidelines.
Risk is essentially divided between ‘outdoor spaces’ and the building environment, or ‘indoor spaces’. R rate (the rate the infection is spread by one person) is much higher indoors, including within households, shops, and high-occupancy workplaces. Gyms fall into this category, especially due to the increased individual activity of the occupants, but this can be mitigated through the special measures being deployed and people following the guidelines put in place.
PureGym has introduced new cleaning and social distancing measures in all PureGyms to ensure that members can work out safely.
Being physically fit is highly protective against a range of illnesses. It also boosts the immune system. COVID-19 particularly affects those with underlying health conditions, diabetes etc. and those overweight. Given that the virus is now considered to be ‘endemic’ within the community, it is more important than ever to maintain one’s fitness.
dditionally, recent Public Health England (PHE) research has found that excess weight can increase risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Supporting people to maintain a healthier weight may reduce the serious effects of COVID-19.
COVID-19 survives in droplets or possibly aerosols (very fine particles) and can be transmitted person to person via close contact.
At 2 metres distancing the majority of droplets fall to the ground and thus risk is greatly reduced.
Good ventilation can reduce this risk through dispersion and provision of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filters) and fresh air systems (or simply leaving windows open) can aid dispersion.
We pump a minimum of 2,000 litres of fresh air into our gyms every second though our ventilation systems. This is vital in the fight against Covid 19 as it helps dilute airborne virus particles and ensure members have clean fresh air to workout. Our systems provide a fresh air supply to all areas of the gym such as studios and changing rooms and air is not recycled air between different areas. Our air handling systems provide more fresh air than many other environments such as offices, supermarkets and shops.
No, COVID-19 is not transmitted through sweat.
Don't forget, wiping sweat from your face could lead to the virus being passed from your hands to your face. So it is very important to regularly use hand sanitisers (60% alcohol +) and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
PureGym has added more hand sanitising stations in every gym so you can easily access these throughout your gym visit.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of showers, pools, hot tubs, or spas. It is, therefore, safe to shower but distancing is once again paramount as toweling down, etc., can spread contaminants. Thus, the important factor is maintaining safe distancing. For the time being, we encourage members to arrive and leave in gym kit wherever possible.
Yes, to help prevent the spread of infection around the UK we will support the NHS Track & Trace system. If requested by the NHS to provide visitor information, due to an outbreak in the vicinity of one of our gyms, we will supply your name, mobile and time of arrival and departure for members who had recently visited the specific site. This is voluntary and you are able to request to have your data excluded.